Sunday, January 8, 2012

God does not have $20 on the Broncos this weekend


Lately EVERYONE has wanted to talk about one thing: (you guessed it) Tim Tebow.  The fascinating thing, however, is that, usually, the topic is not his late-game comebacks or his impressively un-impressive record with the Denver Broncos.  In fact, almost every story I hear is about his faith in Jesus.

Tim Tebow in his trademarked "tebowing" position. Otherwise known as "kneeling in prayer".
I love that Tim Tebow is a Christian. I love that he is not ashamed to stand up for his faith and displays it openly. I love that the Broncos beat the Steelers tonight. What I don't like is how several pastors I know attributed the win to Tebow's faith. One even going so far as to say Jesus was playing defense. Another talking about 316 yards and trying to make a comparison to John 3:16. Was it really God's will for the broncos to win? Does Jesus really care who wins? 


Let’s have a look at what the Bible says about this.
When it comes to complex issues, like God’s will, I cannot claim to have all (or any) of the answers myself.  All I can claim is that God has revealed as much of Himself, through scripture, as we need to know.  In order to tackle any question of God’s will, plan, power, and/or sovereignty, we do need to humble our hearts for a moment and, first, submit ourselves to this fact presented by Isaiah:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
-Isaiah 55:8-9
That simply means that, no matter how many hours we talk about it on Facebook and no matter how many ways we try to justify our positions in our heads, our conclusions will (and should) most likely end with the revelation that God is always working to further His will in the world, which He is sovereign to create and sovereign to foresee.  Also meaning that there is a good chance that we will never understand His ways…and we have to be ok with that.  What He wants us to know and understand, He has revealed to us through His word.  So…what has He revealed to us?
I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other 
-Isaiah 45:5-6
God wishes to be known and praised among the nations as the one true God.  His will for the world is that He be made known.  That is why those who truly worship Christ as their savior and Lord make missions and evangelism a huge part of their calling.  God’s providence in the lives of people guides and equips them to make it known “from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides” Him.  This tells us that when God moves in our lives, it is, ultimately, that He may be glorified and praised as the one and only, true and living God.  I am not saying that God will not use Tim Tebow to bring Him glory. God uses many people and things to make His name known. I am saying God desires your worship. He does not desire to have you place a man in a position to receive glory.
Maybe Tim Tebow is a Mighty Man of God or maybe Tebow found a marketing gimmick to further his career. I don't pretend to know Tim Tebow's heart. I guess what I am really saying here is this, when you put a man on a pedestal; he will eventually fall off. The higher you raise that pedestal in the air the farther he has to fall. God is a jealous God and will remove the idols from the high places. Be careful with where you place your worship. I like Tim Tebow, but God was about as interested in the game tonight as my wife was.  Lets not set Good Ole Tim up for a hard fall. 


2 comments:

  1. your wife knew there was a game tonight?

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think only because I was watching it. Otherwise she would have been oblivious to the fact

    ReplyDelete