-Los Angeles Times
Nike and Reebok, two of the largest players in the sports gear industry, are embroiled in an unholy spat over who gets to make and sell products featuring the name of newly minted New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow…Through it all, we can’t help but ask: What would Jesus do?
This quote says it all. The Christians worship Tim Tebow, and he soaks it all up. Now Nike and Reebok have joined his mass of adoring fans. And they can’t play nice.
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full
Jesus practiced what he preached, going off to the lonely places to pray and commune with the Father.
Tim Tebow Does Not Follow the Kingdom
Apparently Tebow has never met Jesus or understood his words. Tebow loves the crowds. Any Pharisee would be jealous of the crowded stadium awarded to Tebow. His reward comes from men and not from God.
Tim Tebow has not found the hidden kingdom. His is on the wide road of destruction, crowded with his legions of followers. Truly he has received his reward of the earthly kingdom, and he has forsaken the heavenly kingdom.
Some would argue that Tebow is “letting his light shine before men,” but apparently they forget the second part of the verse – “so that they may glorify your father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Tebow is only bringing glory to himself. If this were not true, he would intervene in the Nike lawsuit and tell the sports companies to stop endorsing him. He would refuse the earthly riches provided by the nice Nike and Reebok contracts. He would forsake the world, take up his cross, and follow Jesus.
The Narrow Road
The narrow road is a road that is too hard for Tebow and his followers. If he really lovedJesus, Tebow would sell all that he owns and give it to the poor, as Jesus told the rich young ruler. In the US, athletes are all rich young rulers of the culture.
Tebow would do well to heed Jesus’ words. He would find the treasure hidden in the field and sell all that he has to buy that field. Yet he spends his money merrily on himself. Truly he has received his earthly reward.
Worse, his selfish actions cause the media to slander Jesus and make fun of holiness, as the beginning quote shows. The church laughs right along at the joke, and Jesus weeps.
The time of judgment is swiftly approaching. God will allow Jesus to unsheathe his sword. Those who follow Tebow and not Jesus will head straight to destruction. Choose you this day whom you will serve.