Gabby Douglas should take more credit for her Accomplishments!by Don Lacey on Aug. 07, 2012, under Art & Culture, Christian Self-Righteous Arrogance, Christianity, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Faith, Freethought, God & Bible, Logic, Reason, Religion, Sanity, Willful Ignorance
This post is from Jim Wilson who continues to provide an interesting viewpoint on current events:
I enjoy watching the Olympics. It’s great to see amazing athletes and amazing feats of athleticism from around the world. I enjoyed seeing Michael Phelps demonstrate that marijuana is gateway drug to Olympic gold. I always notice in the Olympics and sporting events in general the tendency for athletes to give the god of their choice credit for their accomplishments.
It’s a cliché. They may be completely sincere but in some cases it is giving the fans what they want to hear. This year, gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas provided an excellent example when she said:
“It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me.”
I have no reason to doubt her sincerity. Her belief in God is probably very real and she probably does feel that God somehow helped her along the way. Her accomplishments are incredible and she should be very proud of herself. She is, after all, according to Wikipedia, “the first African-American and first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships.” That is truly amazing especially when we consider that while working towards this goal her father was risking his life in Iraq and Afghanistan as a staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air force.
Gabby Douglas’ athletic abilities were undoubtedly made possible by endless hours of hard work and single sighted determination. Many athletes have spent their time doing little besides training and competing, without ever coming close to Douglas’ level of achievement. Becoming an Olympic quality gymnast is a full-out life style that requires hard work and sacrifice not only from the athlete but from family members, coaches, and team mates. Her thanks to God is a bit misplaced.
After all, it was not God who spent those countless hours training when there were certainly more fun things to do. It wasn’t God who made personal sacrifices so she could access the best training facilities and coaching staff. Furthermore, if her God had intervened in the Olympic games in her favor, that would strike me as cheating.
We see this in football too. A player will thank God for helping him get a touch down or win a game as if God was completely indifferent to the concerns of the defenders or the loosing team. Are we really to believe God cared about your athletic success more than that of the other players? Are we to believe God wanted you to get the Gold so badly that he didn’t mind letting everyone else have silver or bronze or no medals at all?
The whole attitude implied here is really quite selfish. It is highly self-centered to believe that you not only have favor with the creator of the universe but that he shows it to the detriment of all who compete with you. While God is supposedly helping one person win an athletic event or an Academy award there are children dying of malnutrition, violent wars going on, an AIDS epidemic, and mass poverty. I guess that touchdown was just more important to God than solving these problems. The whole thing just makes God sound incredibly childish and petty.
That is one of the biggest problems with religion; it makes people unwilling to take credit or responsibility for their actions placing everything in the hands of their God. Gabby Douglas as well as her coaches, her supporting friends, team-mates, and family members, deserve all the credit for making her victory possible. It’s a shame some god gets the credit when he/she was probably was never really there in the first place.