Monday, December 12, 2011


Sorry, folks. I couldn't help it. As an avid sports fan, I had to write a post about Tim Tebow.

By now, most mildly engaged Americans should know that Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback who plays for the Denver Broncos. He is also the engineer of five highly improbable fourth-quarter comeback wins since he took over as the starter this season. After his latest comeback yesterday, Tebow-mania is quickly becoming Tebow-hysteria. Tebow is easily the most polarizing football player I can recall during my sports-watching lifetime. You either love him or you hate him, but you must choose a side.

Tebow is polarizing because of his unconventional playing style. One school of thought says that this style will not succeed in the long run and that his short-term success and remarkable ability to "just win games" is a statistical anomaly that will disappear with time. The other school of thought is that Tebow has some competitive or motivational edge that helps him propel his team to victory at the end of close games. With every unthinkable comeback, Tebow's fans love him more and his detractors become more annoyed. Either way, it makes for a compelling storyline.

But Tim Tebow is also a polarizing figure because he is very outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ. He is a born-again lover of Jesus and not afraid to tell people about it. But as a member of the Body of Christ, Tim Tebow is nothing special. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Ephesians 4:16:
"Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love."
 The growth of the Body depends on the function of every single member, not on a few church leaders or outspoken public figures. Just like in the human body, every member has a vital role.

Tim Tebow can help the Body of Christ grow.

So can I.

So can you!


c.chan said...

"You either love him or you hate him, but you must choose a side."

I don't know what side to pick. I guess I choose whatever the Body chooses.....

Anonymous said...

My senior year in high school, I was a bat boy for the Texas Rangers. If they would have been a little better back then and possibly won the World Series, I would have been a part of that.

Fetching A Rod's belt minutes before the game because he realized he's snagged the wrong color, filling up Gatorade coolers, and scrubbing players' cleats after the game all are part of the winning whole.

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