Back in 2009 Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson shocked the world when he publicly acknowledged what Bills fans have known for years. God hates the Buffalo Bills.
After dropping a surefire touchdown and letting the Pittsburgh Steelers back into a game his team ultimately lost, Johnson took to twitter to challenge his creator. The same vengeful God who delivered four consecutive Super Bowl losses.
“I praise you 24/7!!! And this how you do me!!! You expect me to learn from this???How??? I’ll never forget this!! Ever!! Thx Tho.”
Many found Johnson’s tweet offensive. Not only had he failed to take accountability for his own error but he then doubled down, calling out our Heavenly Father on social media. Worse yet, he did so with excessive punctuation (interesting that he had to shorten “thanks” and “though” to stay twitter length yet he used 10 exclamation points!!!!).
Others shrugged it off as laughable to think God cares about the outcome of an NFL game.
I suspect the one who found it neither offensive nor laughable was God himself. Stevie’s not the first and he won’t be the last. The bible is littered with people challenging God, questioning why He does what He does. Jonah, Jacob, Jeremiah, and those are only the J’s!
The good news is that our Creator so wants a relationship with you that He’ll put up with your back talk, second guessing and bad attitude. Relationships are tough and the God of Abraham keeps it real.
The metaphor of God as our father has never fit more.
What do you think?
• Does God care about the outcome of NFL games?
If so, which does he despise more, the Bills or Vikings?
• Have you ever challenged God?
What do you think His reaction was?
• The final two words of Stevie’s tweet were “thx tho”. Why is this significant?