I admit I am a huge Tim Tebow fan. A large part of that is his Christian faith and his underdog status in the NFL as a quarterback. But listening to the game yesterday, I had to ask the question: Are the Broncos getting help? It’s a serious question. It calls for a genuine analysis. I admit I have no formal theological training. But the question should be asked: Does God care about who wins a sporting event?
The answer is yes. But it requires an explanation.
Believers (nay, even serious Bible students whether in or out of the faith) can agree that God does intervene in the affairs of men and does so all the time: The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is one example. The entire Book of Esther is another. But sports? Could God care about sports? Isn’t it profane to even ask the question? Why not? I would hasten to say that most teams, professional or college, probably has at least one follower of Christ on it. So if the Bears are playing the Packers, both sides probably have at least one and probably several dedicated Christians on each team. So why should God take sides in who wins? Only if it serves His purposes.
Why would God use His interventions for say, world peace or to end famine and torture? He can and does. But He does not stop every sinful act of unholy men. So, why sports? To fulfill the purposes of God! The leading purpose for Christians in this world is stated here:
“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
The mission of the church is to win the lost and bring all to a greater walk in Christ Jesus. It is certainly reasonable that God will intervene in the affairs of men to accomplish that goal. It can be argued strongly that the 1924 Olympic Games was one such intervention: Eric Liddell was not even on the 400 meters team. He refused to run on Sunday and Liddell ended up on the 400 and won the gold. Liddell’s refusal to run on Sunday was a major news story at the time; a stand for principle. There was a movie made later that was a positive portrayal of Liddell as a true believer: Chariots of Fire.
Is God causing Tebow and the Broncos to win games? He did not take me into His counsel on this issue. But we know that Tim Tebow has unswervingly sought to glorify Jesus Christ in every way he can. When Tebow was in college, he reported in his book, Through My Eyes, that he placed John 3:16 on his eyeblack before an important game. It is said that 93 million people looked up John 3:16 on the Internet that evening. It is impossible to know the eternal effect of that act. Here is the text of John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV)
There’s the Gospel in a nutshell. At least a few of the 93 million had to at least consider salvation’s offer. (Here‘s your chance to consider Jesus as eternal Lord and Savior. He’ll change your life. You won’t forget it!) People around the world are reading about Tebow and his faith. How about this: Tebowing is a new word! Bringing glory to God through Jesus Christ is what every Christian should do, whether you are a conservative blogger or a NFL QB. (If you are discouraged because you are just a teeny tiny influence – teach a small Sunday school class or pastor a small church or you just talk to a few people about Jesus – remember that being faithful in small things will lead to bigger opportunities! [See Luke 19:17 and Matthew 25:21])
I don’t have all the answers to all the questions this essay will arouse. But, I wanted to offer my thought, I hope inspired by the Spirit, to glorify Christ and help others. If I blog, I blog for God!