Soccer star Megan Rapinoe says injury proves there is no God; prominent Christians respond 

Women’s soccer star and self-proclaimed patriot Megan Rapinoe says an injury in her final game Saturday is proof there is no God. 

But prominent Christians, including a former Speaker of…

Women’s soccer star and self-proclaimed patriot Megan Rapinoe says an injury in her final game Saturday is proof there is no God. 

But prominent Christians, including a former Speaker of the House and the niece of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., rebuked her in comments to The Lion on Monday.  

“I’m not a religious person or anything, and if there was a god, like, this is proof that there isn’t,” Rapinoe bemoaned after her apparent Achilles tendon tear in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship. “This is f—-d up. It’s just f—-d up. Six minutes in and I eat my Achilles.” 

The game was expected to be the final game of her career.  

Former Speaker of the House and prominent Catholic Newt Gingrich ripped Rapinoe for her comments.  

“I find those comments incredibly arrogant,” Gingrich told The Lion. “It tells us a lot about her, but says nothing about God.”  

MLK’s niece Alveda King said it’s human nature to rebel when something bad happens, even when we have been blessed by God.  

“They want to blame someone, or they want to say that God doesn’t exist,” King told The Lion. “It’s my personal belief there is a God. And I pray for Megan today that her Achilles is healed. I’m sorry that she had to have a combination of a beautiful career with an injury. 

“And I believe that the same God that loves me loves her, too.” 

Estimates by Forbes say Rapinoe, 38, has certainly been financially blessed, reportedly clearing $7 million this year alone from all her activities on and off the field. She ranks No. 2 in earnings among members of the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2023, taking in slightly less than Alex Morgan’s $7.1 million.  

Essentially Sports estimates Rapinoe’s earnings from 2022 at $5.7 million, for a two-year haul of just under $13 million.  

“She’s certainly filled up her pocketbook,” notes Gingrich.   

The problem with people like Rapinoe is they think they control the world because they’ve had some good fortune, said one pastor.  

“If I were Megan’s pastor, I would say her true Achilles’ Heel, like that of the transgender movement, is believing that she, like God, can create and control her own world,” the Rev. James Harden, CEO of CompassCare in Buffalo, New York, a crisis pregnancy center, told The Lion. 

“Throwing a theological temper tantrum when the Fate Sisters step on her foot with the hard truth of reality demonstrates that she fancies herself as a god, or perhaps at the risk of offending, a goddess.” 

Her team lost Saturday’s game, but Rapinoe’s focus was mostly on the injustice of her being deprived of one last game, after appearing in over 420 games. “I mean, I don’t deserve this,” she said, according to Yahoo Sports. “I’ll tell you that much. I’m a better person than this.” 

Not so fast, said Harden.  

“The hard truths of natural law, moral law or governmental law should serve as a constant reminder that there is a God and humans are in fact not Him,” Harden told The Lion. “But instead, like spoiled brats parading about to the embarrassment of the rational world, transgender proponents behave like little gods, cursing the one true God for not making their hair sprout blue.”  

Rapinoe had a lot more to say about the injury, much of it profane, which can be found at Yahoo Sports.  

Rapinoe rocketed into fame by snubbing the United States, even as she served on U.S.-sponsored soccer teams that have netted her one Olympic gold medal and two World Cup championships.  

In 2016, she helped lead a protest against the U.S. national anthem, copying then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during national anthems before games.  

Since then, she’s been accused of bullying her teammates, disrespecting the United States, advocating for the controversial inclusion of biological men in female sports, and acting arrogantly toward fans and the public, writes the Daily Mail.  

In August, American journalist Megyn Kelly charged Rapinoe with turning the U.S. Women’s National Team against the United States during the World Cup event.  

“She’s poisoned the entire team against the country for which they play,” Kelly said. “I don’t know about you, but I’m not rooting for them. I’m not with them. I hope they lose … It’s shameful. These girls are shameful. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.” 

The U.S. women’s team exited the World Cup this year in what Sports Illustrated called the “earliest ever loss in the tournament” by the U.S. women’s national soccer team. It could be argued by Rapinoe’s critics, using her own logic, that the loss proves that God does exist. But God doesn’t work that way, said the Christians who spoke to The Lion.  

“When we experience bad things, it doesn’t invalidate the existence of God,” said King, who noted that her uncle was shot and killed, her father was drowned and her grandmother was shot while saying the Lord’s Prayer. “I still believe there is a God, but I can understand when people are disappointed.”  

Harden said that sometimes bad things happen to wake people up to the hard truth of life and death.  

“The good news is that bringing Rapinoe to her knees on the soccer field may wind up saving her soul,” Harden said. “She should heed this injury not as if there is no God, but as a merciful warning from the one, true God who cares enough to save us from the eternal punishment we all deserve.”