Monday, January 9, 2012
An Epiphany of Tebow(ing)
Now I want to state that I have never been a Tim Tebow fan--not when he played at Florida and not at Denver. He has always rubbed me the wrong way--his Christianity is not the same Christianity I live, but it is a legitimate form of Christian faith. So is mine. One is not better than the other, they are just different. And, one of those differences seems to be in the way that it is expressed--his has a lot of enthusiasm, mine is lacking in enthusiasm. I think I need to get a little "tebowing" in my journey of faith--I need a little more enthusiasm. Especially in church. A little "tebowing" might liven things up--not only in my church but a lot of churches.
After nailing the call to worship--tebow! The choir shares an exceptional special--tebow! Hit the sermon out of the sanctuary--tebow! Big collection--tebow! Wow the children with a powerful story of faith--tebow! Those are things to get enthusiastic about--those are things to give God thanks for!
Theologically I do not think that Tim Tebow and I are that close. We both probably agree on the foundational pieces of faith, but from there we differ. We could debate that all night long and still be no closer together than we were when we started. It doesn't make either one of us right or wrong--it just means we disagree. But the guy definitely has enthusiasm and is not afraid to show it. I need a little of that enthusiasm--all of us in the mainline churches do. Imagine what we could do if we had half of that enthusiasm . . . is that the kingdom I see up ahead?
. . . but a little enthusiasm sure goes a long way in stirring up some excitement. We need to celebrate our touchdowns within the church. We need to spike that spiritual football and get down on our knees! Our God is a good God--a loving God--a God of grace--who strengthen us, encourages us, and wants the best for us. If that isn't something to get a little enthusiastic about, then I don't know what is.
People of faith have been doing it forever--we just didn't know that it was called "tebowing". I think there was a reference to it in the story about the Magi, something about them falling on their knees and giving thanks to God.