LZ Granderson looks into the Reaction to Kitna’s Miracle
September 25, 2007 3 Comments
Miracles don’t happen anymore, or so many God-believing people would have us em, believe.
CS Lewis wrote a complete treatise on the plausibility of miracles titled em, Miracles. I’ve read the book and Lewis does his typical excellent job in dissecting his views as well as opposing views.
Two Sundays ago, Detroit Lions Jon Kitna suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. He recovered, re-entered after the game after halftime and eventually led his team on to victory.
After the game, Kitna, who is born-again, attributed his quick recovery (concussions usually knock a player out of a game) to a “miracle”.
Naturally, those ignorant of the character of God would object to Kitna’s explanation. I’m not saying that is what happened in Kitna’s case, though I believe him.
The most popular argument against Kitna’s explanation is that God has bigger things to deal with than football games, that He cares about His children no matter what line of work they go into is lost to these folks.
They wrongly assume that it’s things (in this case football) God cares about when it’s actually those who are His (football players or otherwise).
This column, “Why so skeptical of Kitna’s miracle?”, does an excellent job of explaining unbelievers’ and sadly some believers’ knee-jerk reactions to Kitna’s comments.
The writer, LZ Granderson, is dead on and got some good quotes from some NFL chaplains.
Here are some samples,
“People get really nervous when they hear someone proclaim their faith boldly,” says the Rev. Peter Gallagher, one of the chaplains for the Indianapolis Colts. “So the easy thing to do is make fun of them. That way you won’t have to deal with the real questions about spirituality you may have in your own life.”
Not only have I encountered what the chaplain is talking about here, I used to be the one who made fun of Christians when they proclaimed their faith.
Another quote came from NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz,
“I never pray for victories,” Gallagher said. “I just pray that God helps us do our best.”
That’s a prayer similar to the one Hall of Famer and outspoken Christian Anthony Munoz used during his playing days.
“That’s our calling,” Munoz says. “To share the story. People hear the story all of the time, but what they are really looking for is someone who walks the talk. The weird thing is when someone doesn’t walk the talk, they call him a hypocrite, and when he does, they call him a crazy fanatic.”
Amen, Brother Muñoz.