Saturday, December 05, 2009
Tim Tebow, Florida's star quarterback, has written "John" on his right cheekbone and "16:33" on his left. In the King James version (the only edition of the Bible permitted at my father's funeral), John 16:33 says this:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I admit, I do not do well with poetry, lyrics, or scripture, but I presume that "I have overcome the world" refers to Florida's unbeaten record and #1 ranking. Is this the Biblical talking of trash? Any more diligent Christians out there want to offer a competing theory?
Note that last year Tebow sported John 3:16, which is generically Christian and a lot more modest:
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.
Going unbeaten changes a man, but he's behind at halftime. The Gators could use a little "touchdown Jesus" this evening.
I agree with AVI.
The concept is that Christ's victory over the world enables Christians to endure worldly tribulation from a different, and eternally grounded, perspective (particularly in light of the union of the believer with Christ). If anything, this is the scripture choice of a man who anticipated getting thumped by the Tide.