Packers: Pettway knows how blessed he has been
Kenny Pettway, as is often the case when you're the New Guy in the Green Bay Packers' locker room, had no idea what he was in for.
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#1 Oct 14, 2008
I have no trouble with the "play as if it's your last game" philosophy, but there's something about the "God blessed me" attitude toward what happened in the shooting that is offensive. If God was responsible for protecting Pettway, He/She must also have been responsible for NOT protecting Collier. Why did he choose to protect one man and not the other? A truly loving and benevolent God would protect both. What kind of God does Pettway describe? Arbitrary? Insensitive? Capricious? How can anybody "worship" a God who exhibits those characteristics? Or does Pettway believe that Collier was more sinful than he was and so God punished Collier and saved him?
#2 Oct 14, 2008
I think your anger is misplaced, since first of all, the man's faith does you no harm. Pettway believes in something that is sophic rather than logic, and relies on his personal intuition, which you have no basis to question. He feels it, not you. That "God blessed him" does not mean that he was favored necessarily, as you state. He doesn't say that. He means he was fortunate--perhaps divinely fortunate, perhaps not--but he doesn't pretend to know the mind of God. No real Christian would. Perhaps his faith is misplaced, but it doesn't impugn your reputation, so why are you are attempting to impugn his? I'm no minister, friend, and I am a less ardent Christian than Pettway by a long ways, but that's his journey. You have every right to question God's existence as you wish. Most people do at some point . I think it's only fair to give Pettway, KGB, Kampman, Aaron, et al the same courtesy you afford yourself. They came to a different conclusion.
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