Why does every human feel the necessity to thank God for every advantageous stroke of fate that befalls them? We see it everywhere: from Grammy award winning singers, to Academy award winning actors, to championship winning athletes—all the way down to everyday monkeys who thank the good Lord for helping them pass a test or finding their misplaced cell phone.
I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around it. Actors, actresses, and singers winning high profile awards make sure it’s the first thing out of their mouth—but why? Sure, these people were bestowed at birth with sometalent, but it was their dedication, determination, and work ethic that got them to where they are today—not an all-powerful, mythical being in sky
The same goes for professional athletes when they win a championship. World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup, and Super Bowl champs have all thanked God for giving them the power to win. Remember Ray Lewis at the Super Bowl this year? Every time he was on camera it was nothing but blabbering nonsense about God being on his side and giving him the power to succeed. (When a guy kills two people and gets away with it, I can see why he might believe in a higher power.) The fact of the matter is professional athletes spend their whole life practicing their sport. They create a lifestyle of diet and exercise to put their body at the apex of human form, preparing them to succeed at the highest level. And God has nothing to do with that.
Let’s take a look at everyday life. I often hear people say, “Thank God I didn’t lose my cell phone! Thank God I didn’t lock my keys in my car! Thank God I passed my test!” But do you honestly believe that? You think God did that? You think an omnipotent being in the sky decided to find your cell phone but neglects things such as genocide in Africa, war in the Middle East, and world hunger? To me, that’s what saying, “Thank God” actually means. It means you are either ego-centric fool who thinks God spends his hours personally looking after you; or you’re just an idiot who thinks God can look over 7 billion people at the same time. Santa Claus could purportedly do that, but Santa is… uhh… fake. See what I’m saying here? The idea is preposterous.
Maybe people feel the need to thank God because faith can calm their insecurities. The belief in a higher power is an ageless idea since the dawn of man. And it stems from one thing: insecurity. Since the first days of human consciousness our minds could not grasp the cosmos and the heavens above, so we look up to the sky, seeking a mythical, all-powerful being that gives us a reason for our existence. Without that reason, a lot of humans become lost monkeys.
So, I guess it makes sense that some people believe in God and credit their existence and their success to his wizardry; however, that is simply not the case. Even if the God you believe in did exist (which it probably doesn’t), he wouldn’t randomly pick and choose who gets to win the Grammy’s and the Super Bowl every year. In fact, if this all-loving, all-powerful being did exist, wouldn’t he have created a utopian world where everyone is loaded with “God-given” talent and the ability to succeed?
God doesn’t give you the success; you give yourself success. You just happen to believe in God and think he’s responsible—but you could pledge your allegiance to the devil your whole life and still succeed.
In the end, you create your own success. It’s nobody’s work but your own. Step up and take responsibility for your actions, in success and failure. It’s never God’s will. It’s yours.
So, I ask you again—why thank God?
Thanking God and using the phrase “Thank God” has become so ingrained in our everyday vernacular that it would be almost impossible to eliminate it entirely. But we can try.
I write this article asking that you join me in fighting this epidemic of God-thanking. When you win an award, thank your friends, family, and your hard work, not God. When you pass that important test, thank yourself for studying hard and learning the material—but don’t thank God; He didn’t take the test for you. And lastly, I only ask one more thing: If you happen to see Ray Lewis on the street, punch him in the face and tell him only sheep need a shepherd.