Monday, January 09, 2012

Tebow 3:16

On of the top trending searches right now, is "John 3:16". This is in reference to Tim Tebow's football stats on Sunday night where he threw for a career high 316 yards, leading the Denvor Broncos to an overtime win over the Steelers. 

Tebow is the quarterback for Denver and an outspoken Christian whose favorite verse is John 3:16. He was told, when he became a pro that he couldn't put John 3:16 on his uniform as he did in college. So now, in his first playoff game, some are saying God Himself provided the verse!

And while I  suppose it is a cool coincidence that Tebow threw 316 yards, I am pretty sure it has little to do with Jesus. It has more to do with his discipline and skill as a player and the skill of his receivers. 

But the way some Christians are talking about this, you would think Tebow was the 2nd coming. I don't think God has anything against football - I think he enjoys anything where people do their best, but I suspect that God is not interested in manipulating [because that's what it would have to be] a NFL game so that one quarterback throws a magical 316 yards.

I'm not dissing Tebow, I'm not minimizing a really good game. But let's get real. There are a lot of things a lot more important, there are a lot of signs and pointers that are a lot more clear than a football game. 
But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.

Micah 6:8 The Message

1 comment:

Scott said...

I think what some Christians appreciate about Tebow is that he wears his Christianity on his sleeve. He's not afraid to give all credit to God even if that results in him being made fun of.

316 is a nice coincidence, but I think many of us could stand to learn a thing or two from Mr. Tebow. (including how to Scramble!)