Well, well, well, the chickens are coming home to roost. The years of “name it and claim it” are taking their toll. Joel Osteen, here is your legacy. Ed Young Jr., here is the result of giving to get. “If you confess it, you must possess it”. (Didn’t know that meant the football). If we throw some prayers in His direction, we’ll catch the ball. God must be gratified that we are condescending to tell Him what we need and when we need it so He can put it on His calendar.
Let’s see what one of America's deep theologians, Stevie Johnson, Wide Receiver for the Buffalo Bills, has to say about God and His grand mistake this weekend in a game against the Philadelphia Steelers.
Take a look at the play (Updated 9PM 11/30 with new video)
Here is what he tweeted after the game as posted on TMZ.com.
I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS IS HOW YOU DO ME!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS???? HOW???!!! I’LL NEVER FORGET THIS!!! EVER!! THX THO…STEVIE JOHNSON13
We Christians seem to be stuck on performance. If we pray enough, God will do what we tell Him to do. If we don’t pray and act good enough, He will do very bad things to us. Here is what a few Christians have to say on the subject.
- “Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans because the people in that city have been tolerating sin. (John Hagee)
- “9/11 was God’s judgment on America for forgetting Him.” (Anne Graham Lotz)
- He prayed that Hurricane Gloria would not hit Virginia where he lived and it didn’t. (Pat Robertson)
- "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"(Jerry Falwell)
I am amazed that so many people believe that they know the mind of God. However, a quick examination of the facts presents quite a different picture of God “punishing” the sinful for not following Him.
Sweden has all but eradicated God and is a secular society with very liberal morals. More people probably attend church in New Orleans than in much of Sweden. It is a rich country with a high standard of living. No destruction has occurred.
Then, there is the city of Amsterdam, which has legalized every form of drugs, prostitution, and euthanasia. I have a friend who was so disgusted by the sex shops in tourist areas that she refused to get off the bus. Amsterdam has a high standard of living and has yet to be destroyed by God.
Then, there is the elitist Christian who God listens to over all the others.
Pat Robertson supposedly prevented Hurricane Gloria from striking his town and horse farm yet his neighbors to the north, who were also praying, got zapped. Does Robertson have a direct line to God?
Meanwhile, the supposed healers, who speak “wellness” into the lives of the faithful, aren’t called into account. Benny Hinn has never let even one of his miracles be proven. Yet he claims to have healed thousands with a swish of his tacky white jacket. He lives in a fancy mansion and drives luxury cars.
It gets more confusing when we look at disasters in our own country. God told the children of Israel that, if they brought their first fruits, God would send the rain. Today, we are not a theocracy and the covenants meant for Israel do not apply to us in the same way. For example, there were many in the United States who tithed and gave to God in the 1930s. Yet, one of the greatest agricultural disasters in the history of our country, the Dust Bowl, devastated the Bread Basket of America.
So what gives? One only has to look at the early church to find the answer. These young Christians shared everything they had and gave to the poor and destitute. Yet many of them ended up dipped in tar and used as torches for Nero’s garden parties. How many of the great early church leaders who sacrificed everything, like Polycarp and Perpetua, ended up feeding the lions and the blood thirst of the Romans in the Coliseum? Yet, these early Christians went to their deaths singing the praises of God.
Here’s the bottom line. The Christian life is not about getting rich, getting healed and catching the ball. It is far deeper and more eternal. It is about ultimate redemption and perfect justice. It is about being faithful when the world is not going our way because God has promised us eternity.
Compare Stevie to the martyrs. They praised God 24/7, as they were being tortured, because they knew what awaited them on the other side. Johnson praised God “24/7” (yeah, right) and expected to catch the winning touchdown. He has trivialized the Gospel and needs to reexamine his belief system. Many Americans have a warped view of God as a Cosmic Sugar Daddy. We have demeaned the gift of the Cross of Jesus Christ by equating the catch of the ball or a Mercedes Benz with eternal redemption.
So, here is what I say to Stevie. You dropped the ball and lost the game so quitcher bellyachin' and stop playing the oldest game in the Good Book-blaming it on someone else. Go and get right with God and practice catching that ball.