“What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven — a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves,’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all.’”

— CS Lewis “The Problem of Pain”

For the past decade or so millions of Americans have gather online to participate in the growing hobby of Fantasy Sports. The concept for those of you who do not know you have the option of joining a public or private league. Meaning you can have a league of strangers, co-workers, buddies, or family. A growing trend is to have a draft party, which are incredibly fun as each team owner sits around and tries to draft a team of real players to score the most points week in and week out. Now days there is an entire business behind fantasy football as there are prizes leagues and casual leagues. It’s simply a fun way to follow sports closer and have a good time. Since the goal like any competition is to win you draft the best roster possible. So essentially you are drafting your All-Star/Pro-Bowl type team. You want the best players to ensure you score the most points, and some of the teams are completely unreasonable if this were an actual franchise. To prove this for a moment below is my 2015 Team:

QB: Aaron Rodgers

WR: Julio Jones, Mike Evans, T.Y. Hilton

RB: Lamar Miller; Justin Forsett

TE: Heath Miller

FLEX: Allen Robinson

K: Stephen Gostowski

DEF: Green Bay

Bench: Davante Adams, Dwayne Allen, Darren Sproles, Houston D, Marcus Mariota, Richard Rodgers

One of my favorite authors is CS Lewis wrote the quote above, in one of his infamous quotes he speaks of how we want God to be a heavenly grandfather, like being rather than a  heavenly Father. CS Lewis provides a accurate image of the stereotypical grandparent, all fun and sends the grandchildren home all sugared up for the parents to deal with. Once again, that’s not how it works, because God has to be an authority figure. While he loves us unconditionally, he has to correct us when we misbehave, and provides instruction to maintain good order. The old statement you can’t always get what you want is a far truer statement than many of us want to admit. It would be wondrous if we could do what we want, or have what we want. I’m sure every team in the league would love to pick their roster like a fantasy draft, likewise most quarterbacks in the NFL would love to throw to a Calvin Johnson or a Julio Jones type receiver. However, that’s not how life works. While we can have “fantasy” teams, much like we can dream, but at the end of the day God knows what we need, and he is just.


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