I never understood why God would care about the outcome of a sporting event. With all the strife in the world, he’s going to listen to your fervent wish for your “team” to win?
Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half of American sports fans say they believe God or a supernatural force is at play in the games they watch, according to a new survey.
That percentage includes Americans who pray for God to help their team (26 percent), think their team has been cursed (25 percent) or more generally believe God is involved in determining who wins on the court or in the field (19 percent). Overall, half of Americans fall into one of these groups, according to the survey Public Religion Research Institute released Tuesday.
Football fans were the most likely to pray for their own teams to win, with 33 percent saying they ask God to intervene in games, compared to 21 percent of fans of other sports. They were also more likely to think their teams were cursed (31 percent compared to 18 percent) and to take part in rituals before or during games (25 percent to compared to 18 percent).
Just as they were divided on whether God has a role in sports games, Americans also were divided on whether God rewards religious athletes with health and success. Forty-eight percent of Americans said God does reward athletes this way, but 47 percent disagreed. The belief that God will help religious athletes was most prominent among white evangelicals (62 percent) and non-white Protestants (65 percent). A little more than one-fifth of the religiously unaffiliated held the same view.
Good to see God has His priorities straight. Why bother trying to help and save poor starving people in third world countries when he can help The Giants win the Superbowl, right? It’s interesting to see what people think God and religion is good for. I can’t say this is too impressive, to think that an almightly being cares which team gets a ball across a line more often. But it does suggest that Man made God for his own purposes rather than the other way around…
Has sports overtaken religion as the current opiate of the masses? More like they blurred together. We sure take our sports seriously. Well, some of us do. It’s escapism. Asking God for favors is nothing new. Asking to give your team a win does seem more selfish and crass than asking for protection, relief from illness, or a good harvest.
The king of all religious-based sports MUST be NASCAR — NASCAR JESUS | NASCAR. They thank GOD even before they thank their sponsors!
Note: Nope, we’re not fans of sports or religion. But, it’s rather amusing for them to be smooshed together in pop culture.
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