It’s interesting that Romans 8:31 is trending on Twitter. Apparently, Ray Lewis of the Ravens quotes this text:
If God is for us, who is against us?
When this trends on Superbowl Sunday, then people are seeing a very specific theological viewpoint. Quoting this text today would lead people to believe that God picks sides. Which would make me wonder if the Ravens had more points with God over the past season. Or maybe the 49ers had created more trouble in God’s eyes.
Both teams had their issues. Chris Culliver of the 49ers made homophobic comments. The Ravens’ barred this cheerleader from cheering at the Superbowl because she was “too fat.” Both teams haven’t had their finest moments with these comments in the recent past.
But God wasn’t rewarding them or punishing them for their comments or actions outside of the field. I don’t believe that’s the way it works.
I believe that God is like Jack and Jackie Harbaugh. They want both of their sons to succeed. They know that one of their sons will walk away the coach of the winning team. The other will go home disappointed. And the Harbaugh parents are planning on spending their time first with the son who loses. Couldn’t that be like God – – a parent who comforts the one who loses before congratulating the one who wins?
God is the parent that wants all of us to win. So God doesn’t take sides but is the mom or dad who cheers for us all.