Monday, January 30, 2012

Tim Tebow and John 3:16 - What's Up With That?

I was doing some internet surfing and came across CNN's BELIEF BLOG. This is where their "religion experts" give their take on issues from Mitt Romney's Mormonism to a Texas Pastor's challenge to his married members to engage in sex for seven straight days to help their marriages (that's getting some play right now!) The reporting here certainly seems to be much more balanced than most main-stream media outlets.

The video I've embedded here is on the subject of John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.") The popular interest in this verse has been revived by Tim Tebow, who, in his college years, used to put Scripture references on his eye black to send a message during games. That practice has since been banned.

What I find interesting is that this even needs to be explained. It certainly is revealing about how far our culture has moved from the days, not so long ago, when everyone was Biblically literate. From a Pastor's perspective, it really makes me stop and think about how to communicate to this culture in a relevant way. When I began my ministry, I could usually assume that almost everyone who would listen to my sermons believed in God, knew the Bible, and had a favorable opinion towards the church. Today, in many places, the reverse is true. It certainly does lay a much heavier responsibility on those of us entrusted with the task of communicating the Gospel (Good News) message. Enjoy the video.

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