JASON DEES: Follow the example of Tim Tebow: stand up for your belief in Jesus

Jason Dees

Jason Dees

Well, 42.4 million Americans tuned in on Sunday to watch the Denver Broncos in a stunning 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. That made Sunday's game the highest rated NFL wildcard game since 1994, 18 years ago.

Why, you may be thinking? The answer is Tim Tebow. The nation has become totally enamored with Tim Tebow this season, especially after he led the Bronco's toward winning seven of eight games throughout the middle of the season, three of those wins coming in overtime, and three others similar dramatic fashion.

But it isn't Tim Tebow's arm that people are impressed with. In fact, he has often been ridiculed for being one of the worst passers in the NFL. It also is not Tim's running ability that people are talking about, though with 660 yards on the season he does have impressive feet for a quarterback.

The reason that people are so enamored with Tim Tebow is that he is genuinely in love with Jesus, and he desires that Jesus get all of the glory in his life.

After every game Tim Tebow thanks his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has been ridiculed for his very vocal love for Christ. Comedy pundits like Bill Maher and Saturday Night Live have basically written him off as a religious fanatic.

Yet, people are still pulling for Tebow, and people are still talking about him, tweeting about him, and tuning in to his games.

This all points to the fact that our nation is starving for people that have conviction, and that are unwilling to bow to the pressure of postmodernism. The postmodernist says that holding to an exclusive truth like religion is arrogant and that people of faith would do better to simply keep their faith to themselves.

The postmodernist would say that the problem with making absolute truth claims (as religions do) is that it divides humanity and alienates people. The problem with this viewpoint is that it is illogical and doesn't work.

Ultimately religion is what gives people the answers to the big questions in life. For example, if you want to the know the answer to the question, "Why am I here?" or "What is my purpose in life?" you don't do a science experiment, you turn to faith, belief, or religion.

So for the postmodernist to say that you can't bring religion out into public conversation or debate is an intentional attempt to quiet the people of faith, so that postmodern social elites can force their opinions onto the masses.

Fortunately, there are people like Tim Tebow who knows who he is, who knows why God made him, and is living out that purpose with boldness. Tim Tebow really believes the Bible and so he is able to give honor to Christ in the way he boldly speaks and lives.

If the word of God is true, then our conversations about it are the most important conversations we can ever have. Anyone then who claims to be a Christian yet never speaks about his or her faith, either doesn't really believe in Jesus, is a fool, or is a coward.

I pray more Christians would follow the example that Tim Tebow is giving the church and stand up for what we know is true, and I pray that we would do this for the glory of Christ in all the earth.

Jason Dees is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington. He can be reached at 770-786-9031 or www.firstbaptistcovington.com or www.facebook.com/jasondees.