I make no bones about the fact that I am a fan of Tim Tebow, and I pray often for him, and for his family. While I always wish the best for my son who loves playing football, I earnestly hope that he never undergoes the public scrutiny that the son of Bob and Pam has had to endure, these last few years.
Tim’s recent decision to cancel his appearance at First Baptist Church of Dallas, at the very least left me wandering, and at the very most it left me disappointed. Like everyone else, I have no idea what is going on in Tim’s life, his heart, or his mind, and therefore would be foolish to jump to conclusions. In fact the Bible says, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:13 Based on the things that we do know about Tim and his family, it would be foolish to believe that he disagrees with the historic Biblical positions that have been preached for decades from the pulpit of such a respected church.
The most dangerous thing that is a result of his decision, is the fact that Christians have now taken their eyes off the ball, and become more focused on “Tim’s decision” than the bigger picture of an unrighteous victory. Whatever Tim’s reasons were, the fact remains that those who hate the Word of God, and the people of God, now have not only a bigger platform to speak from, but a renewed sense of morale and influence in their agenda to hijack the social conscience, and redefine Biblical Christianity. Far too many people are focusing on Tim’s decision, more than they are FBC Dallas denegration.
I am far more concerned about First Baptist Dallas being categorized as a hate group, than I am a young Christian man’s unfortunate decision that has many other Christians up in arms. Many young Christian men have disappointed me from time to time with decisions I believe they shouldn’t have made. There is no doubt that I disappointed many Christians in my life with decisions that I made. I am thankful I was never thrown under the buss for letting people down. Our Christian influence doesn’t hang, or rest upon a young man’s ability to always make the right decision all the time. Just because he is one of the most famous athletes in history doesn’t mean that he has Samson like spiritual strength or wisdom in every single situation the world puts him in.
But . . . When a historic, solid Bible believing, Bible preaching church that has been respected and revered for generations as a bulwark of the Christian faith, is successfully redefined as a hate group, and seared into the social concscience as a marginal portion of soceity, then we are truly facing some serious problems. When it comes to the moral issues of our day, First Baptist Dallas might as well be Pinecrest Baptist Church. When it comes to the message of the Bible, First Baptist Dallas could be one of a thousand churches. To succesfully label them, ultimately is to successfully label a lot of churches.
That being said, we must get back to diggin’ in. I would say it is “time to dig in”, but it is always time to dig in; not for a fight, but to the faith.
One News Now published a news article here, http://www.onenewsnow.com/latest-headlines-from-the-web/2013/03/07/its-tebow-sacking-time-again-for-pro-gay-groups Apparently Tim is scheduled to speak at Libety University at an upcoming conference, and the same groups that were pressuring him the first time, are trying to do the same again. I have no idea what decision Tim will make, that is between him and the Lord.
However, there are a couple of things that should be remembered by those who pay attention to this story.
#1 – We are not subject to the world’s terminology. – The world can do everything in their power to redefine us, and to label us, and to categorize us, but the fact is that God doesn’t use their dictionary, and He never will. 1 John 3:1 – “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therfore the world knowth us not, because it knew him not.” One of the single most frustrating things I have found in my life is when the world uses their own definitions, and demand that we do the same. Regardless of how loud and how often they refer to us hatemongers . . . it just aint so. We do not live by their book.
#2 – We cannot stand for the Son of God, without standing for the Word of God. Jesus is the Word made flesh, He is the Bible in body. You and I can no more separate Jesus and the Bible than we can separate the sun from sunlight. Not knowing all the things that are going on in young Tim’s life, I still think there is one thing that I could justly point him too. Mark 8:38 – “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Here is the point, standing for the Son of God, also means standing for the Word of God. If the Word of God said something different about homosexuality, every Bible believing preacher in America would say something different. Faithfulness to the Son, means faithfulness to the Word.
As a Christian in this society, I am still far away from serious persecution. However every form of persecution begins with marginalization. The Bible has promised us real persecution will come and there is no avoiding it. Enjoying victories and making mistakes are all part of our spiritual growth process, and a famous young athlete is no different. Our greatest danger here is taking our eyes off the ball. The dictionary is being rewritten, and it is saturated with changes that are not worth making.