Dave Burchett just posted an article under this title on his “Confessions of a Bad Christian” blog. Here is a quote:
Buffalo Bill’s wide receiver Steve Johnson settled under a well thrown pass that would be the game winner against heavily favored Pittsburgh. The ball tumbled off the hands of the open receiver. Johnson sat in the endzone with a stunned look on his face. After the game he sent the now infamous Tweet questioning what God was up to.
“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.”
Pretty insightful of Dave to see how Christianity and the social media are merging. Also insightful that he would see the deeper issue. Here is Dave’s assessment of the event:
…Steve Johnson may have chosen an odd forum to express his frustration but his response is not uncommon for honest believers. It makes sense in our performance based culture that if you commit to praising and proclaiming God that you should get a little something in return. Shouldn’t it go a little better for me than for that other player who frequents bad places and does bad things? Shouldn’t God have my back?
I agree, Dave! The REAL issue is that we want everything in our lives to be comfortable and pleasant. And, if it is not, then we look for someone to blame. The reality is, life is tough, even for Christians – sometimes ESPECIALLY for Christians. (See Todd Starnes’ recent tweet http://twitter.com/toddstarnes, “Happy Ramadan – no problem. Happy Hanukkah – no problem. Merry Christmas – you’re intolerant.”)
What do YOU think is the CAUSE of hardship in a person’ life?