Amendment I to the United States Constitution (Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
For decades, many who claim, "Jesus is Lord," have been begging Him to bring about a revival in America. For me, I've petitioned for another, "Great Awakening," which encouraged our national founders to break their dependence on King George, the Third, and embrace the risk of dependence on God alone, living under His blessing of liberty. I reached a conclusion about the Lord, He seems to get a kick out of using the foolish things of this life to confound the so-called, self-proclaimed, pedigree-sporting, wise (I Corinthians 1:26-31, NASB).
Who would have ever seen this coming? A young man who has dedicated himself to the Lord's service, enters the most idolatrous stage in the USA, the National Football League (NFL), and under the protection of the Constitution proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even though thousands would love to keep him quiet. Pardon my boldness, but a person must be deaf, dumb, blind, and stupid to reject the operational hand of Almighty God using this young man, Tim Tebow, for His divine purposes. And ladies, this is not a plot by the NFL to get more women to watch football.
I am so glad the Constitution prohibits the Federal government from preventing an individual's free exercise of religion. However, the NFL prohibits Tim Tebow from wearing his eye black with his favorite Bible reference, John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (NASB)
For those who do not believe the Creator of the Universe - and life on planet Earth - does not intervene in the affairs of mankind, I suggest giving this notion a second thought. The results of the NFL's, AFC Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, January 8, 2012, included some eyebrow raising, "coincidental," facts, such as:
- Tim Tebow threw 10 passes for 316 yards (Source Bronco Statistics).
- The average yards per pass equal 31.6 (Source Bronco Statistics).
- TV Ratings reported the game received the highest ratings share of 31.6 (the most watched wild card game in 24 years).
- So not to leave out the Pittsburgh Steelers, their time of possession of the football, 31.6 minutes (Source Bronco Statistics).
God has His own methods for getting His Word declared to a lost and dying world, overrule the NFL, and demonstrate a supreme sense of humor, too. When Tim Tebow wore the Scripture verse on his eye black during college football's National Championship Game in 2009, the term "John 3:16" was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.
I believe God does not care about football, but Jesus gave His sinless life to reconcile sinners to our Creator. He cares most about our eternal souls. I believe God is using this young man in more ways than any of us can think or imagine. Why him, why now, who can say? The Lord has His own purposes. Is Tim Tebow an answer to prayer? Is God starting a great revival on the gridiron? I don't know. But this I can see and will testify to until I breathe my last, Jesus is doing a work through His willing and faithful servant. I think we should join with the Lord's work and ask Him for creative ways to lead people to Christ as He provides opportunity.
I will continue to pray for Tim that God continues to shine His light through him.