Yes, I did. And here is why…
Dabo Swinney, Deshaun Watson, Ben Boulware, and other coaches and players openly glorify God and openly tell the public how important their faith and relationship to God is. Many people flinch or cringe when they hear that. But the importance of holding that inner light of the divine, the holy, the Almighty is revealed in their behavior…in their culture…and I felt it was important that their courage and faith be confirmed and affirmed. We needed that win. Those of us who walk our talk and are not afraid that things will get uncomfortable when we talk about our faith, needed that win.
So much about modern distortions of Christianity has made open expression of faith and belief look unsophisticated, hokey, and ignorant. But Dabo, Deshaun, Ben, and I know that belief, devotion, commitment, gratitude, acknowledging the source of our strength and glorification of God is real, important, and empowering. But none of that really matters here. What matters is maintaining that strength and clarity between our hearts and God. And it matters, not in spite of what others think, but because of what others think: we know the rest of the world could benefit by our example. The real stuff can’t be faked.
Besides, giving God credit and winning the game, just might please God. That’s a win-win.
Thank You, God. To You be the Glory.
Last year, I wrote on the struggle for respect when one hails from the Carolinas. Please see