I once heard a movie quote that said, “There are only two things worth believing in, God and American Football”.
Now I’m not sure I’d be so bold to say that but I’ll be honest I love God and I do love a good game of American football.
Although the excitement and hype of Tim Tebow has settled down a bit in the past year almost anyone who knows anything about football knows about Tim Tebow. Tim however is probably more known for his statement of faith than he is for his football skills.
Tim made what some might call a bold statement and did not hide his religious views from his teammates or the rest of the world. When he played football he played for God. And he would thank God every time he scored with his signature move.
Well I was watching a SNL skit the other night about Tebow and thought there were some interesting remarks made in it. Specifically how many times there was a comment made about how open Tebow was about praying to Jesus.
It got me thinking about what the Bible says about outward actions of faith. I thought of one specific part of the Bible where Jesus spoke about praying. In Matthew 6:6-7 Jesus says, “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Now don’t freak out, I’m not saying Tim Tebow is a hypocrite simply because he prayed in public. All I’m saying is when Jesus would pray he’d go find some solitude, he would withdraw from the crowds, maybe there is something to be learned here. Maybe instead of trying to “prove” we’re christian or try to make a statement about being christian by making sure everyone sees us praying. Maybe it’s our actions of love that make the louder statement.
Something to think about…