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Where Was God When Lolo Jones Placed Fourth?

We need a theology that accounts for Christian athletes' on-the-field failings.

Gabby Douglas had "a good feeling" when she arrived in London last week.

"It was raining and I thought, It's going to be a great day," she toldPeople. "My mom used to tell me when I was little, 'When it rains, it's God's manifestation, a big day's waiting to happen.'

"I texted my mom, 'It's raining. You know what that means.'"

For most of the athletes at that day's Olympic events, the London drizzle meant an outstanding performance quickly forgotten amid the other, slightly more outstanding performances. For Douglas, it meant a gold medal in the women's gymnastics individual all-around, making her the first black woman in Olympic history to achieve this accomplishment.

The buoyant 16-year-old Christian from Virginia Beach thanked God in a live interview following her triumph: "I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me." Shortly thereafter she tweeted Psalm 103:2: "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never ...

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