Be blameless and pure,children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly to the message of life. Phil. 2:15-16a
Just like every other writer in America, I’ve been wanting to write about Tim Tebow. But I had to wait until I was less irritated with him. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a great guy and all, but I’m a Houston Texans fan, and they were doing some pretty amazing stuff a few weeks before Christmas – what with losing their starting QB and his backup, top offensive player, top defensive player, and even their defensive coordinator to injury and still winning the AFC South and heading to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
You probably didn’t even know that though, because every sportscaster with a microphone or column was giving Tim all the press. You also probably didn’t know that I was a wealth of such manly knowledge. And while we’re at it, I’m guessing you probably did know that I could be so petty and shallow.
But back to Tim. All this Tebowing talk has had me thinking. The mockery many have made of Tim’s actions raises all sorts of questions. I’ve read articles wondering what outrage there would be if Tebowing meant bowing toward Mecca during the game. No one would dare make fun of that. Others have wondered what place religion has on the football field at all. But I don’t want to talk about any of that. I think it says a lot about Christians that we’re so appalled anyway. I mean, Jesus told us to expect it:
“You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matt. 5:11-12
And later in the New Testament we’re reminded again:
“Don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah,so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory.” 1 Pet. 4:11-13
Nope, it shouldn’t surprise us that SNL takes the opportunity to profane the name of Jesus. Why are we watching that junk anyway and why do we expect them to act differently? It shouldn’t catch us off guard that other players around the league are taking shots at Tim and probably millions around the country are waiting on the edges of their seats for the guy to fail. Of course, they are.
What it should do, though, is remind us that we ought to be living in such a way that people take notice of us, too. Are we so offended at the treatment Tim Tebow is getting because we don’t know what Jesus and Peter were talking about? Do we fit in so well with the culture around us that no one notices our faith at all? I’m not saying we should go out looking for persecution, or that we should all get on a knee by the water cooler at the office. What I’m saying is that Jesus-followers should stand out, because He did. And when people stand out for Christ, the world is going to be bothered because they don’t know or understand God.
I’ll admit, Hopkinsing doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like Tebowing does, but I sure want people to know who I live for like they know who Tim Tebow lives for. When they think of me, do they think first of funny-girl or somewhat decent blogger? Or do they think of someone who uses her words and life to point people to Truth?
It makes me laugh to think of some of you who are likely reading this, and how you’re trying your own name out right now: McSwaining, Kuraing, Conditing, Wooldridging, Condraying, Glenewinkeling (hahaha Niesa, that’s funny!), and you, insert your name here… but what does that look like to the people who know us? Shine like stars, friends. The world is watching.