Last night the New England Patriots won their playoff game over the Denver Broncos to advance forward in the quest for the 2012 Super Bowl.
This morning Facebook, Twitter and other media forms both social and mainstream were full of comments; observations from both sides of the game and it seemed everyone’s snarky two cents worth over the plays and outcome. Most were various forms of team pride and over all acceptance of the final result of the game, the better team last night won. Some were far more questionable in nature, even outright rude. The one that caught my attention the most was a comment “Where is your God now Tebow?”
Where is your God now?
My God, which also happens to be the same God of Tim Tebow, is right where He always was; in Heaven with his arms open wide to accept, forgive and receive you and I as the sinners we are. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (New Life Version)
Let me be clear, my God does not play in football, or baseball, or basketball or even hockey games, nor does he drive a race car, or climb mountains, or do business deals or even perform surgery. But people who believe in him do. If believers can use the platform that God has provided them with, whatever that may be; from football to french cooking, to show others the difference that Christ has made in their own lives then so be it. It is called witnessing and I’m afraid that we as Christians have forgotten how to do it. We need to remember that witnessing is so much more than just sharing a specific Bible verse with someone or telling them about Heaven and Hell. It is about showing them a living and breathing example of the transforming power of Christ. As a quote attributed to St. Francis says “preach the gospel at all times, use words if necessary”.
Tebow’s team lost last night, as did the New Orleans Saints earlier in the day (and my beloved Falcons the week before). Today two more teams will lose and next week’s even more will lose and at some point one team will win the Super Bowl and we will move on to the next sport and next season. It’s called the playoffs for a reason. The games are not about God picking a side or showing favorites, it is about humans playing a sport to the best of their ability and one team winning and the other loosing.
“And my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (The Message)
Let’s not lose sight of an opportunity to use these conversations about Tebow, the phenomena of Tebowing, and even the season the Broncos had this year to provide us chances to share our faith, the same faith as Tebow, with others and frame the conversations in its proper context.
This is not about one man Tim Tebow; this is about someone much, much bigger. Someone named Jesus Christ who humbled himself and became a man so that you and me and even die-hard Patriots fans everywhere could have eternal life.