It is often a struggle in the media on how to portray religiosity in sports. Do we dare say the name God, or attribute an athlete’s amazing ability to hit 350 yard drives, or throw a baseball 105 mph as “God-given ability”? Does the camera quickly turn away when a player kneels down in the end zone to give God glory? Typically yes. So when I ran across this article on Albert Pujols, I was a little surprised…until I read it.
If you don’t know, Albert Pujols is among the best of the best in Major League baseball. He, with the exception of Alex Rodriguez is the best hitter this generation has seen. With that being said, Pujols is also a dedicated Christian.
In this article, Pujols does not hesitate to give God credit for his accomlishments. And, in this particular literary piece, Albert gives God credit for his quick healing ability. Most athletes take months to recover from his ailments, but Pujols only takes weeks.
While the praise and honor should go to the Almighty God in this situation, the writer still hesitates. Rather than giving God credit, the writer is reluctant to get “all religious”, but instead gives the credit to the player.
When Carson Palmer points to the sky, the announcer points to Palmer’s arm or Houshmanzada’s hands. Why are we so afraid of mentioning the Creator God? In schools, we battle it in textbooks and in teacher’s rooms. In courtrooms, people fight against the Ten Commandments.
One day no one will shy away from mentioning God’s name. Because as it says in Philippians 2:11, that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Even writers for sports magazines and announcers on ESPN will have no choice.