Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Get Tebow?

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who don’t “get” Tim Tebow and those who do—henceforth referred to as the don’t-getters and the getters.

When the don’t-getters see the young Denver Broncos quarterback visiting with little kids before the game or giving a hand up to a fallen opponent, they roll their eyes. The getters look at each other and wink.

When the don’t-getters hear about Tim Tebow donating millions to build a children’s hospital in the Philippines or making a commercial about why he’s glad his mom didn’t abort him as the doctors had advised, they make wisecracks about him or tell him to “tone it down.” The getters forward the news stories to each other.

When the don’t-getters watch Tebow bow his knee in prayer on the football field, they squirm uncomfortably in their chairs and reach for another chip. The getters, particularly if they’re Broncos fans, join him in prayer.

Tebow’s standard reply to any reporter’s questions, “First of all, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” makes the don’t-getters nauseus. The getters high-five one another and say, “Amen!”

Both kinds of people are written about in the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 4. Verse 4 speaks about the don’t getters:

“They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.”

The getters show up in verses 5, 6, and 13:

“Our Message is not about ourselves, we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. It started when God said, ‘Light up the darkness!’ and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful….We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life….We say what we believe.”

Get Tebow? If you’ve got Jesus--if His light has driven the darkness from your mind, if His love has healed your aching heart, if His grace has obliterated your shame, if He’s given you hope and purpose—then you do.

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