Anyone who watched the BCS National Championship game last night saw many closeups of the University of Florida’s quarterback, Tim Tebow. I think it’s safe to say that those viewers couldn’t have helped noticing that Tebow was sporting his gang sign on his face:
Yes, Tebow had the fundogelical sports enthusiast’s favorite testimony plastered right across his cheeks: John 3:16. To all readers named John, I hate to break the news to you, but Tim was not broadcasting his room number. Sorry.
Even as a kid growing up in a Christian family, I wondered what Christians were trying to accomplish by plastering this biblical reference all over sports stadiums. I knew what it meant, because I was privy to the code. But, what about those who didn’t belong to a Christian church? If the Christian sign-bearers were trying to convert the unsaved, shouldn’t their message have been more explicit? It seems far-fetched to assume that people unversed in the Christian scriptures would see that message – John 3:16 – and identify it as something meaningful. After all, if I saw a Muslim athlete with Surah 75:25 plastered on his face, my only response would be, “Huh?”
Consequently, I’ve concluded that the John 3:16 thing isn’t about evangelizing and reaching out to the unsaved at all (even though it’s supposed to be the primo evangelical verse). What it’s really about is showing one’s Christian colors, flashing the gang sign and letting other insiders know that one is also a member of the club. It’s sort of like having a Jesus fish on one’s car. So, now I know that, in addition to being a pretty good quarterback, Tim Tebow is a member of the Christian gang. **yawn** Okay. Next?
I wonder if it’s too late to get a scarlet A?
— the chaplain