First, I don’t personally believe that God interferes with NFL football games. I'm not saying He never has or He never will…
But I don't think Tim Tebow, leading the Broncos, has won because of God’s divine intervention.
Although, I will admit, after the way that Denver/Pittsburgh play-off game ended, it sure seems like more of a possibility. 🙂
And…if you read all 66 books of the Bible…you can see that God will intercede when it glorifies Him (including when it'll help draw people to Him).
However, again, I think Tebow and his teammates are the only responsible parties in their success…
But, a Fox Sports title like this makes me smile (for it shows it isn't Tim’s quarterbacking that is glorifying our Lord's name):
Like Tebow apparently has, we should all listen to Paul's advice to the Corinthians:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31, English Standard Version).
Well, Alan, if a good reaction is to God's glory, then what about all the negative backlashes? He causes lots of people to be apoplectic. Well, that shouldn't surprise anyone….Jesus was sinless, yet people wanted to crucify Him.
Well, not just wanted!
(And no, I am not equating, or even comparing, Tebow to Jesus.)
But, I'm sure Tebow has read this disconcerting promise from the Son of God:
Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20, in part).
And this guarantee from Paul:
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12)
So…those who do glorify God are sure to also receive adverse reactions…often very mean and vicious ones at that.
Thanks Tim. Not for being a successful football player…
But for glorifying God's name…keep it up!
P.S. For convenience sake, the video of the super-short overtime:
UPDATE: Maybe there is some hope for a nation that seems to look up to good role models:
UPDATE #2: Okay, it has no theological significance, but I found this really, really funny 🙂
UPDATE #3: Interesting opinion piece from Michael Medved in the Wall Street Journal: