Monday, January 7, 2019, was a bizarre day for testimonies. You couldn’t find a greater contrast.
On one hand you have actor Christian Bale thanking Satan for helping win a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical. Bale portrayed Vice President Dick Cheney in the movie Vice.
In his acceptance speech, Bale said:
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”
Meanwhile, out on the football field, the Clemson Tigers won the NCAA college football title Monday night beating favored, and number one ranked, Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16.
During an interview after the game, Clemson Tigers’ coach Dabo Swinney gave glory to Jesus for the team’s victory.
It started when an ESPN reporter stated that few coaches showed as much joy as Swinney and asked him to express his feelings after the victory:
“Well that’s been my world all year, and I tried to be intentioned with that, for me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others and yourself.
“There are so many great coaches that are deserving of a moment like this, that never get the chance to experience it, and to do it once and now get to do it again. It’s a blessing, and it’s just the grace of the good Lord to let us experience something like that.
“All the credit, all the glory goes to the good Lord.”
After stating that “only God can orchestrate this!,” Swinney then gave deserving credit to his players who because of their dedication to a “singular purpose” and as well their love and commitment to each other were able to achieve the coveted national title.
Aside from winning the national championship, the Clemson Tigers went 15-0, the first team to do this since Pennsylvania achieved that record in 1897.
The responses to the two testimonies were also varied, while the Church of Satan expressed its pleasure to Bale’s comments, many praised Swinney as well.
Former NBA star Magic Johnson tweeted:
“I love Coach Swinney’s interview on ESPN giving glory to God and crediting his players. That was beautiful.”
In last year’s NCAA football championship, Alabama’s rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also gave glory to God on national TV after leading his team to a miraculous 26-23 victory over Georgia Tech. Georgia was leading 13-0, when Tagovailoa came off the bench to achieve the victory.
After the game, Tagovailoa rushed into the crowd to pray with his parents and in interview after the game said:
“First and foremost, I’d just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With him, all things are possible. That is what happened tonight. All glory goes to God.”
When asked later how he was able to keep his cool during the biggest college game of the year, Tagovailoa said he spoke in tongues. Tagovailoa was on the losing side of this year’s championship.