Monday, December12, 2011
What kind of Christianity do you share?
Hats off to Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos, who sparked his team to victory once again in an impossible situation. Late in the fourth quarter, he stayed calm, cool and collected and made an amazing touchdown pass and put his team into field goal position on the next drive. That was 10 points in the last two minutes eight seconds of the game to tie it up. The Broncos defense got the ball back in overtime and Tebow once again led them down the field and positioned his team for a game winning field goal. The sideline reporter said she was standing beside Tebow who was praying before the kick. He thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first before answering any post game questions.Contrast this with the man who occupies the Oval Office who made a public display of attending church for the first time since Easter in April. He said, "For me and for millions of Americans, the story has filled our hearts and inspired our lives. It moves us to love one another, to help and serve those less fortunate, to forgive, to draw close to our families, to be grateful for all that has been given to us. To keep faith, and to hold on to an enduring hope in humanity. Service to others; compassion to all; treating others as we wish ourselves to be treated -- those values aren't just at the center of Christianity. Those are values that are shared by all faiths." All faiths, really? Is Christ God or just another good teacher?With Tebow, its always been all out total focus on Jesus Christ who gave the gift of salvation to whom all praise is due. To the president, its always been about Jesus Christ the man who inspired our lives to service, compassion, and love for one another--values shared by all faiths. Tebow works out his faith by telling everyone at every opportunity how joyful he is to be saved by Christ, and by establishing a hospital in the Philippines for children who need surgery. The president works out his faith by lecturing everybody on Jesus being a great leader whose values are shared by all faiths and by promoting homosexuality, Islamic hegemony and allowing his administration to classify Christians like Tebow as right wing radicals.I am thankful that the Lord is using Tim Tebow and the man in the White House to contrast a national debate about Christianity. There are many who call themselves Christians who will just delete this Jot or unsubscribe because they don't want to think about it or are offended about the contrast. But brothers and sisters, we need a national debate on who we are as a people. We need to determine where we stand. People can get mad all they want, but at some point we will face our Maker. Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." And Jesus said in Matthew 10:33, "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Eternity is at stake. What kind of Christian are you and how are you working out your faith?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!Bill Wilson