Posted by: Jonathan Stepp | February 1, 2009

God: The Big Game Fixer in the Sky?

The kids were all excited for another round of Bible basketball at Kids’ Club two weeks ago. As the evening began we went around the circle and prayed. In addition to the usual prayers of thanksgiving and requests for snow, the girls all prayed that the girls’ team would win that night’s Bible basketball game and the boys all prayed they would win.

After prayer time was over, the following conversation ensued:

Me: Okay, you each prayed that the Father would fix the game so that you would win. If you had kids and they asked you to a fix game would you do it?

Keon: No way!

Emily: No!

Me: What would you do?

Joshua: Just let them play!

Emily: And have fun!

Me: So, do you think the Father will make sure one team wins tonight and the other loses?

All the kids: No!

I think the kids are getting the hang of what it means for us to all be uniquely and freely ourselves while always being in relationship with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.



  1. On one side of the stadium the fans of the home team are praying fervently that they will win. On the other side of the stadium the fans of the visiting team are praying equally fervently for their team. What”s a benevolent God to do? He loves both teams and their fans. I think he wisely chooses to remain a quiet observer and enjoy the game, leaving outcomes to player skill, coaching, etc.

    I doubt that the Father, Son and Spirit care who wins ball games. I do think they care deeply about the LIFE that is manifested in sports, art, music, etc. It’s not the winning or losing that’s important (except to those playing for big bucks); it’s the living and enjoying the Triune life expressed through our activities that matters.

    When I was younger adult, I thought playing games was a poor use of time. I thought there were better things to do, like feeding the hungry. I realize now that activites like sports, art, music, hop scotch and even video games are inherently worthwhile, even though they are played for no utilitarian purpose but only for the sheer joy of it. Play is an expression of the Triune dance so let’s get out there and rhumba!

  2. Thanks, Martin – well said!

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