27% of Americans believe God plays a role in sporting events - New York News

Talker: 27% of Americans believe God plays a role in sporting events

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Super Bowl is this Sunday. So, does God care who wins?

We know a lot of football players care about God. Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens wears a T-shirt under his uniform that says "Psalms 91." After every game, he's been quoting a bible verse: "no weapon formed against you shall prosper."

The 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is known for kissing his tattoos, which say "God to glory" and "Faith," after scoring a touchdown.

The Public Religion Research Institute did a survey on whether God is interested in the game. They found that 27 percent of Americans believe God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. The number was much higher if you look at the American south, where 36 percent of people believe God plays a role in who wins. In the Midwest, it's 28 percent and further out west, it's 15 percent.

Half of Americans say they approve of athletes expressing their faith publicly -- for example during on-field interviews. Just 4 percent disapprove of it and 45 percent said it doesn't matter to them.

This week's Sports Illustrated examined whether God cares who wins the Super Bowl and cites potential conflicts between pro-football and Christianity. Jesus Christ, it says, emphasized the weak over the strong and the poor over the rich. He also instructed his followers to honor the Sabbath.

On the other hand, some point out that Christ demands excellence and the NFL is about performing at the ultimate level. They also say sports build character.

In Judaism, a pair of rabbis published separate opinions about God and sports. They each had the same bottom line: God does care how athletes perform because he cares about each and every person on an individual level.

What do you think?

Share Your Sports Photos & Video

Submit Your Sports Photos

Share Your Photos & Video

  • SportsMore>>

  • Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:20:07 GMT
    Tony Stewart should be back in his comfort zone at a NASCAR track, ready for racing.
    Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of...
  • Bears waive QB Jordan Lynch

    Bears waive QB Jordan Lynch

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:22:47 GMT
    The Chicago Bears have waived former Northern Illinois star quarterback Jordan Lynch.
    The Chicago Bears have waived former Northern Illinois star quarterback Jordan Lynch.
  • DePaul recruit Doby to attend prep school

    DePaul recruit Doby to attend prep school

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:57:29 GMT
    DePaul says forward Raymond Doby has enrolled at a prep school and will not play for the Blue Demons next season after signing a letter of intent in the spring.
    DePaul says forward Raymond Doby has enrolled at a prep school and will not play for the Blue Demons next season after signing a letter of intent in the spring.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices