John 3:16″ has appeared in various forms at nationally televised sporting events over the years, but after University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow inscribed it on his eye black for last night’s BCS National Championship game, the biblical reference became the most popular search item on Google.com.
Google Trends this morning had “John 3:16″ ahead of searches for actress Mary Lynn Rajskub and the Windows 7 beta download. Searches for the Bible verse reached a peak during last night’s game.
In previous games, Tebow, an outspoken evangelical Christian who was born to missionary parents in the Philippines, sported on his eye black Philippians 4:13, notes Christianity Today. The verse says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
The well-known verse John 3:16 is commonly presented as a summation of the Gospel: “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.”
I am in no way, let me repeat, NO WAY am I a Gator Fan. But how can you not love Tebow. Living his faith on and off the field, being the butt of jokes because of his faith, but loving those people anyway. Evangelism takes many forms and many approaches and by far this is one of the most unique techniques I have seen yet.
He catches a lot of heat about being “superman” and “Dudley DoRight” and honestly he should take it all as compliments. Jealousy and envy are at the root of most snide comments and actions, and the truth is, most wish they could be have as brave and bold as him. Tebow however just wants to be like Christ. That’s why I like him. While he is not perfect, what a role model for your kids to look up to. I am not equating Tebow with Christ, but he has characteristics that are Christlike and acceptable to our Savior. In fact, the only qualm I have with him is that he did not choose Florida State.
Does this mean God loves the Gators more than He does the Noles? Certainly not! Everyone knows that Garnett and Gold are Heavenly colors!