The Greater man upstairs

The above Tweet was posted recently by LeBron James.

It makes me detest LeBron James.

I am not an especially religious man. I’m uncertain about God, even more uncertain about God playing any role in the day-to-day lives of human beings. If you held a gun to my head, I’d probably say God doesn’t exist; that we’re all just accidental little creatures delusional enough to place unworthy importance upon our existences.

What I do know, however, with absolute certainty, is that if there is a God, he doesn’t give two farts and a shit about LeBron James winning an NBA championship.

I mean, can anyone—and any suggestion—be more arrogant? Dude, you dribble and shoot a basketball. Those are your skills, and while your tattooed body and gestures toward the sky suggest a certain genre of disturbing narcicism, it takes a special type of ego to believe—truly, truly believe—that The Holy One is denying you a basketball championship as some sort of test. At the same time hurricanes kill thousands. At the same time tribal warfare overtakes parts of Africa. At the same time people die of hunger and thirst and 1,001 varied diseases.

I’m not sure what it is about the American athlete, or perhaps the world athlete, that makes him think the job is of particular importance. Yes, you do your work in catherdral-like buildings. And yes, millions of fans hang on your actions. And yes … actually, I do understand why he thinks the job’s of particular importance—because we feed to lion. LeBron James’ warped religious view is deemed worthy by all of us who speak his name and take good/bad from his deeds.

Maybe it’s our fault that LeBron James is a fool.


8 thoughts on “The Greater man upstairs”

  1. It’s all lip-service and lazy excuses for failing at something. It’s human nature to attribute failure, and success, to fate… or a higher being’s role for you. I’d love to hear an athlete simply say that he’s grateful he was able to use the talents that he’d been blessed with to entertain the masses. Because that’s all I see it as. As a very religious person, I find it offensive when God is belittled to be a deity that directs the outcomes of games.

  2. Well, I do believe it God, and I find this laughable. I think He has more important things to worry about than who wins a stupid game. It makes it sound like He is the ultimate puppet-master, pulling all of our strings for His own enjoyment.

    I always believed that our respective talents are His gift to each of us, and what we do with that talent is our gift to Him.

    So, God had something to do with the talents LJ was born with, but what he did or didn’t do with them is all on him.

  3. Disclosure: I am an atheist.

    1.) LeBron is not making any claims, at least in this tweet, of God’s influence on any particular basketball game- he’s making a claim about omniscience, which, given the Christian view of God’s omniscience, is perfectly true. God, in LeBron’s view, does know when it’s “his” time to win a championship – God knows everything – past, present and future.

    2.)Given the dominant Christian view that God has a personal relationship with each of his “children”, God does care about the outcome of basketball games, in LeBron’s case, just as God cares about Joe Schmoe’s occupation, or Jane Schmoe’s occupation. God, in this sense, is omnibenvolent – he cares about everything. That doesn’t mean God necessarily influences the outcomes of particular games – just that God has a vested interest and an ultimate plan for His creation, whether that means LeBron James wins a championship this year or three years from now.

    Again, I’m not endorsing these views, as I am an atheist. But what LeBron says here, as well as what Jason Terry said, and what Kevin Durant says after every game, is entirely consistent with the dominant Christian view of God.

    What worries me is that sometimes, Jeff, you appear to be the fool, when you post your knee-jerk reactions without really taking a look at the nuances involved, which causes you to, many times, retract or apologize for your statements made on this blog.

    Not knocking you for it – we are all fools sometimes, and most of the time your reactions are very nuanced. But give LeBron, and other Christians, a break sometimes. They are not all out to convert us.

  4. * Leaving it to ‘the man upstairs’ if things don’t go your way, or…

    * A man who worries about dying constantly, only to say ‘If you held a gun to my head, I’d probably say God doesn’t exist’

    Lebron deserves all the heat (pun intended) he is getting, but you holding him to his remarks literally when you do the same in explaining it?

    Sorry, I call BS.

  5. He’s a 26 year old, high school-educated multi-millionaire that has dedicated the brunt of his life to participating in a leisure-time activity. Perhaps we can cut him a break if his perspective on the universe lacks some depth.

  6. Sure i think LeBron’s worldview is silly/naive/self-centered. But to say that you detest him for that? That’s a word with a lot of venom behind it, i don’t understand. Like someone else said, if you feel that way you should “detest” Jason Terry for giving God the credit for the Mavs’ win, and you’ll end up detesting a majority of human beings.

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