Picking Jesus' Super Bowl Team
As an author, NFL wife and woman who loves God and prays daily (I am not sure what denomination that makes me), the idea of Jesus tuning into the big game sparked a conversation between me and my husband, former NFL Pro Bowl Safety and current St. Louis Rams' defensive coach Chuck Cecil, about whether God really cares about football.
Does God Care about Football?
Fans across the country are getting ready to put on their purple and gold or red and gold and tune-in to the most watched sporting event in America, I cannot wonder what God thinks of all of the football madness surrounding the big game day. As an author, NFL wife and woman who loves God and prays daily (I am not sure what denomination that makes me), the idea of Jesus tuning into the big game sparked a conversation between me and my husband, former NFL Pro Bowl Safety and current St. Louis Rams' defensive coach Chuck Cecil, about whether God really cares about football. I'm not trying to be flippant about faith nor do I want to become an anecdote for folks like Bill Maher, but if the total viewership for the Super Bowl in 2012 was an estimated 113 million and we all know that the Super Bowl will dominate television sets this coming weekend so that number is only going to continue to grow, don't you think God might want to see what the hubbub is all about?
Much like Alice, the protagonist in my new novel, "One Sunday" -- about a broken tabloid editor from Los Angeles who gets knocked-up by a sports doctor and is forced to relocate to the heart of Dixie and strikes up an unlikely friendship with an African-American former NFL player turned pastor and his family -- when I need to go on a spiritual exploration (and sometimes excavation), I Hail Mary the hard questions to our friend Pastor Tim Johnson.
"Absolutely God cares about football!" Pastor Tim kindly laughed at me as he's done for over a decade when I solicit odd-ball questions like: Where have all of the dinosaurs gone? Do you really think Noah got every species of animal on his Ark? "God cares about football because he cares about the people in football." You can see why I like Pastor Tim, can't you? He has a way of making things understandable for the average team player.
Praying for a First Down
On any given Sunday when my husband is coaching on the sidelines in St. Louis, you will find me screaming, yelling and pounding my fists from play-to-play as often as you will catch me praying. I am a praying NFL wife. And I am not ashamed of it. I will pray for just about anything and everything: For our offense to move the chains, for our defense to stop our opponent on third down or for the teenager in front of me to wait until there's a reason to celebrate to thrust his or her foam finger directly into my line of vision.