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God is good" I promise you God had nothing to do with it" The responses came rolling in Some were very supportive and hundreds of people "liked" the status But some were not supportive; and others were shall we say a bit aggressive Maybe I shouldnt have been surprised A recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Religion News Service tells us that one in four Americans believe that God will determine the outcome of the Super Bowl Many of the folks who had a problem with my post were disappointed that I was being so down on someone thanking God for success at their career But let me ask you: what does that say about God Do you ever hear the losing team thanking God or do you hear the person who just lost their job because of something someone else did thanking God Now we are beginning to get at the problem of a high Providence of God If God helped you win the game or be good at your job (or helped you with whatever) what does that say about the losers of the game or the person who got fired Did an all-loving God not help them in the same way that you were helped If not why Are you that much more deserving than they are At this point we usually hear someone say "But Gods ways are mysterious" One: That is such a copout Two: Even if Gods ways are mysterious I see the end results and I still dont think thats a God worth worshiping Take the high Providence of God and blow it up to a global scale Whether we like it or not whether we mean for it to or not thanking God for what we get in life implies something about Gods relationship with and care of those who arent as fortunate as we are By simple virtue of being born in a first world nation most of us find ourselves living lives that folks born into less favorable circumstances would see as living as kings and queens From the simple day-to-day conveniences of indoor plumbing to the often overlooked security of not having to worry about an actual war breaking out in our city we live lives that many would call blessed Should we give thanks to God for it Should we imagine that God has placed us where we are with the benefits that we have and left others to walk for miles simply to get clean water for that day Should we imply that God helps some and causes others to suffer Is that what an all-loving God looks like to you Thats not what it looks like to me It is however a God that Republican Jesus would like That Republican Jesus is a God who finds some people to be more deserving more blessed than others a God who believes some nations are far superior to others Thats a God who is just fine with some nations winning the global economic battle while others struggle to feed their people Shouldnt we give thanks to God for our successes Honestly I dont think so Not because of what it says about us but because of what it says about those who arent fortunate enough to have the same blessings More specifically I dont think so because of what it says about God It says that Gods hand is in everything and that God chooses to bless some people more than others Thats not a God that Im going to worship "mysterious ways" or not So please stop giving thanks to God after winning sporting events I promise you God had nothing to do with it Mark Sandlin is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) This article originally appeared on Patheos Read more from Patheos: Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsKobach a hard-line opponent of illegal immigration who campaigned as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump originally had a 191-vote advantage over Colyer as of WednesdayOn Thursday the state elections office said there had been an error in transmitting votes from Thomas County in northwestern Kansas according to Colyer campaign spokesman Kendall Marr"It looks like someone may have flipped a key or something" Marr told The Washington Post "That error shortchanged Governor Colyer by 100 votes"State elections director Bryan Caskey confirmed the discrepancy"I would say it’s not uncommon for there to be mistakes discovered the next morning keeping in mind [Election Night numbers] are unofficial and we are working as fast as possible to get information to the public" Caskey said "Election results are a process not a night"Thomas County elections clerk Shelly Harms said they had submitted 522 votes for Colyer on Tuesday night and a clerical error at the secretary of state’s office caused it to be entered as 422 votesTo complicate matters the Haskell County Clerk’s Office said late Thursday afternoon that the secretary of state’s website did not accurately reflect their county’s numbers either The Haskell County results should show 257 votes for Kobach and 220 votes for Colyer instead of 110 for Kobach and 103 for ColyerThe latest adjustments mean Kobach’s lead over Colyer has been reduced to 121 votesColyer refused to concede the race Wednesday saying there were still thousands of provisional and mail-in ballots left to count This newly discovered error only reinforced his resolve Marr said"This is exactly why we have canvass It’s exactly why we should be checking our math" Marr said "This is exactly why Governor Colyer will make sure every legitimate vote is counted in this election"Preliminary results Wednesday showed Kobach the Kansas secretary of state who previously served as vice chairman of Trump’s now-disbanded voting integrity commission had 126257 votes to Colyer’s 126066 with 100 percent of precincts reportingKobach on Wednesday acknowledged that the results of the race could change as provisional ballots were counted but said he would begin campaigning immediately as if he were the winner "We have only three months [until the general election] and if we spend a week of that three months doing absolutely nothing then we will have given our opponents a sizable lead in the footrace that we have" Kobach said at a news conference Wednesday "So it is imperative that we begin running with the full knowledge that I may hand the baton off to Jeff"On Thursday Colyer’s campaign said the governor like Kobach would also continue campaigning as if he would be representing the Republican Party in November"Well we are going to continue running as if we are the nominee at this point" Marr said "There’s no reason not to continue to operate [so] until we find out otherwise"They have reason to want to get a jump on campaigning for the general election: The winner of the Republican primary will face the projected Democratic nominee state Sen Laura Kelly and independent candidate Greg Orman in November Kelly earned more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the state’s first contested Democratic primary since 1998Both parties are also aware that since the 1960s Kansas voters have not elected consecutive Democrats or Republicans to the governor’s office This year the GOP in Kansas also must overcome the additional obstacle of convincing voters that conservative policies can still succeed in Kansas after then-Gov Sam Brownback (R) enacted steep tax cuts that left the state’s economy infrastructure funding and education systems reelingThat may be more of a challenge for Kobach who has vowed to cut taxes further and reduce the size of state government agencies Democrats however see a Kobach candidacy giving them a better chance of taking back the office in November because he swings so far to the right according to University of Kansas political scientist Burdett Loomis"Their working assumption is Kobach is for Democrats the better choice to run against" Loomis said "Even with an independent in the race if you’re [a Democrat] running against a Republican with a ceiling that might be in the mid- to low-40s you can find a path to win"Kansas law does not call for an automatic recount in close races Candidates may request a recount and the cost is borne by the candidate or the counties depending on the resultAt Wednesday’s news conference Kobach acknowledged his dual role as partisan gubernatorial candidate and nonpartisan state elections official He said if a recount were requested in the race the votes would be tallied at the county level but that his office would act simply as a coordinating entityKobach is not required by law to recuse himself from the recount process Even so some independent experts and Kobach critics have called on the secretary of state to recuse himself from the process entirely arguing that his role as a candidate presents a conflict of interest Kobach said Thursday night that he will remove himself from the further counting of votes the Associated Press reported but he said that the move will be "symbolic" because counties do the work of counting votesColyer demanded Thursday that Kobach stop advising county election officialsColyer’s campaign said it had not focused on whether it would ask Kobach to recuse himself from the process in the event of a recount"We’re certainly not at a recount right now" Marr said "We need to finish the original count"—This article was written by Amy B Wang and Felicia Sonmez reporters for The Washington PostThe tariffs – 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum – will take effect at midnight Thursday marking a major escalation of the trade war between the US and its top trading partners"It’s more than highly unusual It’s unprecedented to have gone after so many US allies and trading partners alienating them and forcing them to retaliate" said economist Douglas Irwin author of a history of US trade policy since 1763 "It’s hard to see how the US is going to come out well from this whole exercise"In response the EU said it would impose duties "on a number of imports from the United States" referring to a 10-page list of targets for retaliation it published in March which included Kentucky bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles European leaders also vowed to proceed with a complaint to the World Trade Organization"This is protectionism pure and simple" said Jean-Claude Juncker president of the European CommissionThe Mexican government said it would levy import taxes on US exports of pork bellies apples cranberries grapes certain cheeses and various types of steel And Canada levied a surtax on $166 billion of American steel aluminum and other products as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pronounced Trump’s claim to be protecting national security an "affront" to Canadians who fought alongside American GIs from World War II to AfghanistanTrump had announced the tariffs in March but gave several US allies temporary exemptions while they negotiated potential limits on shipments to the United StatesCommerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president acted on national security grounds seeing a rising tide of imports as a threat to the domestic metals industry "Without a strong economy you can’t have a strong national security" Ross saidOfficials from the three trading partners – among Washington’s closest allies for decades – have dismissed the idea that their shipments to American customers endanger the United States – and some prominent Republicans attacked it as wrongheaded"This is dumb Europe Canada and Mexico are not China and you don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents" said Sen Ben Sasse R-Neb "We’ve been down this road before-blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression ‘Make America Great Again’ shouldn’t mean ‘Make America 1929 Again" The United States negotiated voluntary export limits with several other friendly nations including South Korea Argentina Australia and Brazil Ross said that he intends to continue talks with European diplomats and officials from Canada and Mexico but those are likely to be contentious"We continue to be quite willing indeed eager to have further discussions with all of these parties" Ross told reporters speaking from Paris where he is attending meetings at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentThursday’s action also is expected to complicate US efforts to confront China over trade practices that the administration regards as unfair The EU shares many of Washington’s concerns about China’s efforts to acquire advanced technology through compulsory licensing practices cybertheft and other measuresBut European officials are increasingly irritated by Trump’s aggressive use of obscure provisions in US trade laws against US allies"We are deeply disappointed that the US has decided to apply tariffs to steel and aluminium imports from the EU on national security grounds The UK and other European Union countries are close allies of the US and should be permanently and fully exempted from the American measures on steel and aluminium" Britain said in a statement "We will defend the UK’s interests robustly We continue to work closely with our EU partners and will consider carefully the EU’s proposals in response"President Emmanuel Macron has couched Trump’s tariffs as a "nationalist retrenchment" reminiscent of Europe in the 1930sGermany has perhaps the most to lose among EU nations if the spat escalates into a full-blown trade warAlthough the US market amounts to a low single-digit percentage of German steel industry output German politicians and industry groups have said they are concerned that tit-for-tat measures could end in damaging tariffs on foreign automobiles an outcome that Trump has repeatedly threatenedThe administration earlier in May opened a trade investigation into vehicle imports with the possibility it will end in tariffs on foreign cars justified by the same "national security" provision used to implement the metals tariffsWhile Thursday’s action cheered American steel producers companies that use imported metals said that it endangered US jobs and investment Auto parts makers said that they rely upon global supply chains 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