Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you have at least a passing knowledge of who Tim Tebow is. Tebow, for the uninitiated, is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos and an extremely vocal Christian. He is also the architect for some amazing come-from-behind victories. And, while they were winning, a lot of people were saying that God was helping Tebow and the Broncos win. Then, when the Broncos started losing, a lot of ridicule began flowing Tebow's way and, by association, God's way.
On Tuesday, Terrell Suggs, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, had this to say on ESPN:
"With all due respect we don't need God on our sidelines."
Well, with all due respect, Mr. Suggs, I think you are wrong. You do need God, but not to help you win football games. You need Him to save your soul.
The other day I was reading in the book of Acts and I came across a similar story, a story where Herod did something similar to what Mr. Suggs did.
On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!" Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. - Acts 12:21-23.
I am by no means saying that Terrell Suggs is going to be eaten by worms for his lack of respect toward God. I am simply seeking to point out the danger that is inherent with not giving God the proper respect. Without God, Mr. Suggs, it is very likely that you would not even be taking the breath you need to say that you don't need God, let alone playing football.