Friday, January 01, 2010

Tebow Cam

Yes, there really is one during this year's Sugar Bowl. I guess it's appropriate since Tim Tebow is the Second Coming. I saw on one website the idea to turn the Sugar Bowl into a drinking game by taking a drink every time Tebow's name is mentioned apart from any play he makes. I don't recommend that practice, even if you have a designated driver.

It's clear how this game is going to turn out (44-10 at the start of the 4th quarter), so we know the winner between Tebow and Cincinnati's QB, Tony Pike. But the game isn't only played between the hash marks, but also in the hearts and souls of the men (and some women) glued to their HD TVs. Instead of competing football teams, let's consider competing theologies.

Tim Tebow has Ephesians 2:8-10 on his eyeblack which reads, "for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." So either he is trying to save the soul of the defensive end trying to chase him out of the pocket, or he's claiming that his unquestioned football gifted-ness was given by God "to do good works" that God "prepared in advance" for him to do. The former I don't argue with, the second, I'm not so sure.

On the other side of the line of scrimmage, a Cincinnati player (I never caught his name) has 1 Tim 1:12 written on his bicep. This scripture reads, "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." Simple, humble, giving Jesus all the credit while presuming nothing.

Success in a New Year's Day bowl game ensures a measure of immortality. Nothing compared to what our Lord and Savior offers. But these images will be replayed by the most dedicated sports fans and replayed in the minds of those who played. Which would you want to be remembered for? The Amazing Grace of salvation and a semi-self righteous boast of God's plan, or a humble gratitude to be considered one of Christ's servants?

I'm not saying that's Tim Tebow's intention. But for those sick of hearing about him nonstop this football season, that's how it comes across. At the same time, I'm grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given him strength, that he considered him faithful, appointing him to his service. I pray he finds a way to humbly continue this service on Sundays.

***edit: Ok, I saw the Cincinnati player again. It was Ben Guiduli. And the scripture actually was 1 Tim 1:15-16 which reads, "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." So different proselytic emphasis, but the same level of humility."***

***update: Wow, a lot of Cincinnati's players have scriptures written on their arms. I guess I didn't notice it since they've been rolled so badly and there hasn't been reason to zoom in on many of their players. The player who just caught their last touchdown had 2 Tim 1:7-10 on his arm. This reads, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." I think after watching this game I'm going to accept Jesus as my QB and savior. I'm pretty sure there's a prayer for that.***

1 comment:

Rama said...

You are so insightful, fatha frank