I've always been a Patriots fan, as I've written many times. I was rooting for them last night in the Super Bowl, and until the last second, when Brady's heave into the end zone was not caught by Gronk, I had some measure of faith they could win. I mean, after all, look at the Seahawks and the Falcons.
But I also know that coach Belichick and quarterback Brady would not do what coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles did if the Patriots won., The Patriots expect to win, and they're expected to win. They might be hated but winning is what they do. However, Pederson and Foles gave glory to God and to Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.
Spiritually, Tom Brady is all over the map. He's explored just about everything. Brady is not a bad person. He's a good dad (no matter what some media vultures say), a responsible community member, and a respected leader. But Brady has not given public credit to Jesus Christ. And that one thing is more important than any football game or Super Bowl ring.
I would gladly trade the Patriots never winning another championship for every winning team to give glory to God and to Jesus Christ. I'm happy that the Pats lost this game, and that Pederson and Foles were given one of the highest public platforms in America from which to proclaim the Lord.
As the Bible says (words of Jesus, Matthew 20:16), the last shall be first. That's not quite true in football (otherwise, the Cleveland Browns would be receiving the Lombardi trophy), but it's absolutely true that self-important, confident men like Brady and Belichick will not always win, and that the Lord smiles on those who place God first in all things.
I thank God for this loss and pray someone may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of it.