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(RNS) A new survey shows that more than a quarter of Americans think God will help decide the winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl. But that doesn’t help the Almighty’s football-loving followers, especially Christians who may need divine wisdom to separate the saints from the sinners in the matchup between the Ravens and the 49ers.


  1. Hi! I really enjoyed your article (I love the Public Religion Research Institute numbers) – I came across your site while doing research for (another! lol) article on faith and the Super Bowl. I’ve compiled a list of over 55 Christian athletes playing on Sunday (with facts and quotes about each) if you’d like to check it out:

    (All of the guys from your article are on there!) :)

    Hope you have a great Super Bowl – I’m still undecided on who I’m cheering for, but it will probably be the underdog :)

  2. Theological importance of football? One, God does not have the slightest interest in the outcome of any sports event. Two, the worship of sports and
    ” sports heroes “, along with the worship of any Hollywood figure or any politician, is idolatry. Christians should seriously examine their perspective
    and their values if the outcome of a sports event commands that much value in their lives.

    • Agree or disagree with God’s involvement in sports, if one truly believes, what is wrong with that? Isn’t that what’s Faith is all about, believing? I find it more ironic that you seem to presume to know the mind of God. Watching a sporting event and rooting for a particular team does NOT constitute “idol worship.” Since when is begin a fan of the home town team idol worship? Lighten up and enjoy life. It’s a gift from God.

  3. Matt Birk is a good example of a Christian who walks the walk: