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Does God Deserve Credit for Gabrielle Douglasí Olympic Gold Record
Examiner | August 3, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs

Posted on 08/03/2012 12:09:50 PM PDT by Kfobbs

As a record shattering Olympian, gold medalist Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas leapt into history as the first American athlete to win the prestigious team gold and the all-around gold medal in the same Olympics. What is equally monumental is that she prepared herself for the arduous competitions by drawing upon her strength from God. In the midst of what has to be tremendous pressure, she has always maintained her faith and presence of mind to reach out to the Lord.

Sounds familiar?

Of course football sensation and devout Christian quarterback Tim Tebow does it as well, and many national comedians and liberal political pundits have attacked him for his faithful practice of kneeling on the gridiron and giving thanks to God. His righteous practice has accomplished very noble purposes and caused him to be the target of vilification as well. First, he has shown his strength to honor his creator and thereby be a Christian role model for other young athletes. His commitment on the football field helps them to not be afraid to show that God has prepared their spirit and heart for the competition of the day.

Secondly, Tebows practice demonstrates a true Christian ministry that parents can point their children to as an example of standing for your faith, even when adversity and cruel pointless comments attempt to diminish their young spirits.

Does God deserve credit for Gabrielle Douglas Olympic gold record?

It appears that Gabby believes that he does. In fact, before the beginning of her All-Around competition, Gabby tweeted to the whole world, "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me."

Yes, Gabby sent out a message that is as clear as her faith is pure and her determination is focused, that the Lord, ...


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1 posted on 08/03/2012 12:09:57 PM PDT by Kfobbs
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To: Kfobbs

Good for Gabby. How long til the left and the media try to Chick-Fil-A her?


2 posted on 08/03/2012 12:18:21 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: Kfobbs
By “God” I thought you were talking about Obama, “You didn't Win That.”
3 posted on 08/03/2012 12:19:20 PM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: Kfobbs

God deserves credit in all things...win or lose. We just seem to like to thank Him for when we win.


4 posted on 08/03/2012 12:19:38 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Kfobbs

Where’s the link to the rest of the story?


5 posted on 08/03/2012 12:19:42 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Kfobbs
It appears that Gabby believes that he does. In fact, before the beginning of her All-Around competition, Gabby tweeted to the whole world, "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me."

How about we let this young gal enjoy the rewards of her hard work, and pay off the IRS. After all I have read she is only 16.

6 posted on 08/03/2012 12:22:57 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Kfobbs

I love watching Gabby - poetry in motion.

What a role model for individual perseverance and success. Hear that, Obummer?


7 posted on 08/03/2012 12:24:27 PM PDT by b9 (Free Republic ~ the backbone of Conservatism, never soft on tyranny)
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To: Kfobbs

Jesus had some not irrelevant comments:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Not saying these people who pray in public are hypocrites. Do find it odd that I’ve seldom seen Christ’s input on the subject discussed when the subject comes up.


8 posted on 08/03/2012 12:25:34 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Just mythoughts

Why do they say the value of a gold medal is $25,000.? Does it have that much gold in it...that would be about a pound?


9 posted on 08/03/2012 12:26:58 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Medal winners also receive cash.


10 posted on 08/03/2012 12:27:39 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Kfobbs
For a while longer it will still be safe to publically give God the glory. But if good men do nothing, most of us will live to see the day when such an unguarded exclamation could cost an athlete her sponsorships, her place on the team...or worse. For the average person it will be even worse. But only if good men do nothing.

Time is running out to stop a massive persecution of Christians that has already begun.

11 posted on 08/03/2012 12:29:27 PM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: Kfobbs

Thank you, Gabby.


12 posted on 08/03/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Sherman Logan

Sheesh.

She wasn’t praying.

She was merely crediting the Power that rules her life and Who has helped her achieve her goals.

If you want to quote scripture, you would be better off comparing her remarks to those of Peter and John who, when told to shut up about the power behind them, said “we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Acts 4:20


13 posted on 08/03/2012 12:33:19 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Kfobbs

I had similar thoughts while watching the US Track and Field trials where almost every athlete was either crossing themselves, pointing up at the heavens or praising God after every race.

What happened to all the anti-christian bigots on ESPN and all over the media that couldn’t get to a microphone fast enough to spew their hatred of Tebow?

Did they all suddenly come down with laryngitis?

Or are they just afraid to spew hatred at black christian athletes (like Gabby and the vast majority of the track and field athletes) the same way that they spew hatred at white christians like Tebow?


14 posted on 08/03/2012 12:33:35 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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Good for Gabby! Beautiful both inside and out. Her public expression of faith can’t be sitting well with the hateful media. It was easy to criticize Tebow; how long will it take them to start crapping on her?


15 posted on 08/03/2012 12:33:48 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: xzins
Why do they say the value of a gold medal is $25,000.? Does it have that much gold in it...that would be about a pound?

I have no clue the 'floating' value of gold, or how much literal 'gold' is contained within a medal... However, small compensation for the years/hours these kids have put forth to become champions... My prayer is they recognize the 'gods' of this age consider them subjected to pay them homage for any awards/rewards EARNED for their hard work.

They say time is money, the literal time this little gal put into earning gold is never going to be reimbursed. She may well earn a compensation for future work but that medal is a small symbolic measure of compensation.

16 posted on 08/03/2012 12:34:12 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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Does God Deserve Credit for Gabrielle Douglas’ Olympic Gold Record

"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's..."

A gold record? I thought she got a gold medal. Did she sing too?

Do they even make gold records anymore?

17 posted on 08/03/2012 12:34:56 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: xzins

I thought the medal itself is just spray painted, the value being in what it represents, the fame and resulting endorsements, as well as the cash prize.


18 posted on 08/03/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

Tebow, also discussed in the article, was.


19 posted on 08/03/2012 12:38:46 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
There is a time and place for everything. Christ also said not to put your light under a bushel; a city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Jesus also prayed publically, and His Father answered Him publically. His disciples prayed publically as well. The verse should not be seen as a prohibition against public prayer. To do so sets the scripture against itself (and against the church).

20 posted on 08/03/2012 12:39:17 PM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: Jedidah
She wasn’t praying.

She was merely crediting the Power that rules her life and Who has helped her achieve her goals.

I don't think that Gabby believes that God is an impersonal power. I think she believes that God is her Heavenly Father, and that Jesus Christ is her personal Savior.
21 posted on 08/03/2012 12:41:21 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Kfobbs

I’ve heard her several times say to reporters “the sacrifice is not in vain” when they remark on her discipline.


22 posted on 08/03/2012 12:42:47 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Jedidah
The "public prayer" verse from Matthew is one I often have thrown at me by liberals. They love to cherry-pick verses devoid of context from the Sermon on the Mount (the other one is "do not judge lest ye be judged").

I have yet to have one of them quote to me this verse, from the same sermon:

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

23 posted on 08/03/2012 12:46:40 PM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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I’m wondering if NBC has told the athletes to cut the faith talk. I noticed after Tyler Clary’s win in 200m backstroke he pointed to the heavens. Then when Andrea Kremer interviewed him she asked him what it all meant and he said there would be no way to sum it up in a few short words the broadcasters would be OK with.

Maybe some of the other athlete’s have talked of their faith after winning and I haven’t heard.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 12:47:42 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: Sherman Logan

Oh, so you’re one of those people who obsessively hates Tebow. Got it.


25 posted on 08/03/2012 12:50:25 PM PDT by SquarePants
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To: SquarePants

Don’t care much about him one way or the other.

Do find it striking that Christ made very clear comments on ostentatious public prayer. One would expect regular discussion of why his exhortations on the subject do or do not apply to what Tebow does. Yet I don’t believe I have ever seen it discussed.

Since we have the ball rolling, what is your reason for belief that Christ’s words are not applicable to Tebow’s actions?


26 posted on 08/03/2012 12:56:36 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Kfobbs

I reckon, if she says he does, that ought to be the end of it!


27 posted on 08/03/2012 12:57:31 PM PDT by old school
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“Does God deserve credit for Gabrielle Douglas Olympic gold record? “

If she thinks God does, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.


28 posted on 08/03/2012 12:58:14 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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I’m not one to try to deny God whatever glory He is due.

My problem with granting due glory to Him when it comes to sporting events is this.

The teams of a number of nations are participating in these events. The members of the other teams may have Christians among them, and they may be praying to our God also.

So if it’s a prayer to prevent injury, I say give God the glory.

If it’s a prayer to win, I accept that God is not going to intervene.

If it’s a nation like Iran, or a nation predominantly reverencing another god, then I believe our God could intervene. I’m careful not to use the word ‘would’, because if we do lose, it’s like God has somehow failed us.

God does not fail us. His ultimate plan will play out, by His grand design, not ours.


29 posted on 08/03/2012 12:58:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: Kfobbs

The Russian girl was cheated.


30 posted on 08/03/2012 1:00:01 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: Kfobbs

Glad she won, she was consistently very, very good.

But tell ya what - the last floor exercise by the Russian gal who won the silver was PERFECT! She deserved to win on that alone!
Add to that that she is probably the best in the world on the uneven parallel bars. Hard to figure because she’s kind of bony and lanky, something that normally doesn’t bode well for a gymnast.

But hey, it worked for Peggy Fleming when she was on the ice, right?


31 posted on 08/03/2012 1:02:15 PM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: bereanway

I noticed that too.


32 posted on 08/03/2012 1:05:36 PM PDT by jrestrepo (See you all in Galt's gulch)
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To: Jim Noble

Komova was not cheated. She was gifted on her vault score. Gabby had a better meet by far.


33 posted on 08/03/2012 1:08:52 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: RatSlayer

Actually, there are some very negative comments being made out there about this young gymnast, too. Just like they do with Tebow, it seems that sometimes people look for reasons to knock down other people who are successful.

Btw, like Tebow, Douglas was also homeschooled (since the third grade, according to what I read).


34 posted on 08/03/2012 1:16:35 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Jim Noble

“The Russian girl was cheated.”

Well, then God allowed it! What’s your point?


35 posted on 08/03/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by old school
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To: HarleyD
God deserves credit in all things...win or lose. We just seem to like to thank Him for when we win.

My daughter has the dream of competing in the 2016 Olympics. Barring an unforeseen injury or just the loss of passion for her sport, at worst she will participate at the NCAA Division I level. (At 15 she is already ranked as one of the top College recruits in NY State.)

We have taught her from the beginning that her abilities come from God. We have taught her to encourage others, to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

She always begins the competition by shaking hands with those competing against her. Win or lose, she hugs them afterwards. During the ladies swimming events she received numerous tweets from her rivals saying that she reminds them of Missy Franklin.

If someone belives that their ability comes from God, no matter if they are an Olympic athlete, or a heart surgeon or an auto mechanic, that person will carry out their vocation with grace, joy and humility. And to God goes the glory.

Why atletes who give the glory to God are bashed and thug athletes are idolized I don't know. (Actually, I do know, it is a sign of the times.....)

36 posted on 08/03/2012 1:28:11 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Kfobbs

Does god deserve the credit?

No, He doesn’t intervene in gymnastic meets,

He has been busy on more important matters, like Chik-Fil-A.


37 posted on 08/03/2012 1:31:09 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

sorry, should have capitalized “God”. my mistake


38 posted on 08/03/2012 1:34:51 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Kfobbs
His commitment on the football field helps them to not be afraid to show that God has prepared their spirit and heart for the competition of the day.

"Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed."
Jesus
Luke 9:26

39 posted on 08/03/2012 1:40:55 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Kfobbs

Nothing more needs to be said. Breathtaking performance!

40 posted on 08/03/2012 1:41:24 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Kfobbs
What is equally monumental is that she prepared herself for the arduous competitions by drawing upon her strength from God.

The Lord is the strength of his people
Ps 28:8

The Lord strengthened me
2Tim. 4:17

41 posted on 08/03/2012 1:50:48 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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Her very modest comment last night was something to the effect that glory goes to God and blessings come to her.

What a perceptive thought for such a young woman to express on international television in a day such as this!

42 posted on 08/03/2012 1:51:33 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: bereanway

“Maybe some of the other athlete’s have talked of their faith after winning and I haven’t heard.”

I heard a swimmer or 2. I suspect there will be more once track & field events start.


43 posted on 08/03/2012 1:58:36 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Kfobbs

She eats at Chick-fil-A too.


44 posted on 08/03/2012 2:00:44 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Kfobbs

The only person that has a say in this is Gabby herself.


45 posted on 08/03/2012 2:08:23 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Sherman Logan

I saw a young lady publically praising the Lord for what he has given to her, not praising herself for the “good things” she has done for God. She was not praying, she was praising his name!


46 posted on 08/03/2012 2:08:46 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Not left wing! Not right wing! But....CHRIST WING!)
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To: Sherman Logan
Jesus had some not irrelevant comments: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.

What's your point? Why are you criticizing this young lady's inspiring declaration of her faith in the Lord?

47 posted on 08/03/2012 2:11:00 PM PDT by tjd1454
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To: Kfobbs

Thanks for this article.

God certainly helped.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13
New King James Version (NKJV)


48 posted on 08/03/2012 2:14:51 PM PDT by miserare
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Define ostentatious and compare and contrast your version of what ostentatious public prayer is versus what Christ was describing when he criticized the scribes and pharisees regarding their style of “public prayer”. He at one episode refered to these folks as “whited sepulchres full of dead men’s bones and other corruption”! Do you think Tebow’s religiously public actions rise to such corrupt hypocrisy? Or “Gabby’s”?


49 posted on 08/03/2012 2:20:40 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Not left wing! Not right wing! But....CHRIST WING!)
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To: Sherman Logan
Do find it striking that Christ made very clear comments on ostentatious public prayer.

Your criticisms of those who publicly confess their faith are not supported by sound Biblical interpretation. Regarding what Jesus taught, the following could not be more clear:

“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 10:32

The question is therefore, are you ashamed to confess Christ, as your antagonisms towards Tebow & Gabrielle seem to indicate?

You are free to confess or deny Christ, but it is hypocritical to quote Scripture in order to attack those who are not ashamed to make such a confession.

50 posted on 08/03/2012 2:24:31 PM PDT by tjd1454
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