I'm not nearly as passionate about the Eagles as I am about the Phillies, but I have to say that DeSean Jackson is pretty amazing. That punt return last night was incredible; unfortunately my wife could not really appreciate it too much as she doesn't care for football at all.
Anyway, watching that punt reminded me of this quote from Richard Mouw in his book He Shines in All That's Fair:
"If God is glorified by his non-human creation -- which seems to be a fairly modest claim to endorse -- then it seems reasonable to assume that God takes delight in those non-human created phenomena (Psalm 104:31). And then it also seems to be quite plausible to assume that God takes delight in various human states of affairs, even when they are displayed in the lives of non-Christians...
Let me be concrete: I think God takes delight in Benjamin Franklin's wit and in Tiger Woods's putts and in some well-crafted narrative paragraphs in a Salman Rushdie novel, even if these accmplishments are in fact achieved by non-Christian people. And I am convinced that God's delight in these phenomena does not come because they bring the elect to glory and the non-elect to eternal separation from the divine presence. I think God enjoys these things for their own sakes."
That quote is all the more intriguing in light of Tiger Woods' recent downfall, but the book was written in 2001. Everything in me wants to agree with this statement; I am fairly certain that the pleasure I experienced in watching that punt return was a God-centered pleasure, and I am also inclined to think (though I'm less certain) that I took a God-centered pleasure in it because God took pleasure in it in some way, whether Jackson is a Christian believer or not.
Like I said, I want to agree with Mouw's statement. But is this, in fact, a biblical statement? Is there even one passage of Scripture which would explicitly say that God takes pleasure in the skill and abilities of people whose lives are lived in rebellion against Him? If there is one, Mouw didn't quote it in making this statement about Tiger Woods and Ben Franklin.
So what's your take on this? Leave a comment and let me know what you think...not just about sports skill, but any creative, cultural activity performed by Christ-rejectors.