After yesterday’s post about the NFL season, I thought the subject of religion and football had been exhausted. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Yesterday, the Republicans wrapped up their convention with speeches from governors, senators, congressman, and…Joe Gibbs? Said the Hall of Fame coach: “It’s a little awkward for me to put on a partisan hat.”
As a lifelong Redskins fan, I must respectfully disagree with you. Awkward was when you called two consecutive timeouts to ice the Buffalo Bills kicker last season, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and costing the Skins the game, just one week after Sean Taylor’s tragic murder. Awkward was when you steadfastly refused to draw up a passing play that would gain more than seven yards of offense. Awkward was when you extended big bucks to Mark Brunell despite the fact that everyone in the NFL knew he was over the hill!
But I will move on before I get too wound up…
Gibbs ended his brief speech with this whopper: “I believe that electing John McCain and Sarah Palin will spark a return to God’s Word and a spiritual revival that will bring our nation together. God bless you, and God bless America!”
Talk about an election for Pastor-in-Chief! Elections are about civic revivals, not spiritual ones. God doesn’t choose which football team will win the Super Bowl. And God certainly doesn’t endorse candidates in a presidential election.