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Jan 23, 2012

Tim Tebow: Hated Without a Cause

I am no fan of professional sports. I've never been able to understand why people enjoy sitting around while watching strangers fight over a ball or try to hit one with a stick. But since I follow the news rather closely, I couldn't help but notice the stories generated by Tim Tebow, who plays for the Denver Broncos.

Tebow has gotten under the skin of the liberal media and other atheist groups, making himself "the poster boy for Christianity." Tebow accomplished this task by praying on the field after a win, putting Bible verses on his eye black during games, and starring in an anti-abortion ad during the Super Bowl.

Even his background is enough to make the most passive atheists grit their teeth. Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines to Baptist missionaries. He and his four siblings were homeschooled by their mother, who worked to instill the family's Christian beliefs along the way. While pregnant with him, his mother suffered a dysentery infection. Drugs used to treat her caused a severe placental abruption. Doctors feared a stillbirth and recommended an abortion to save her life. Because of his parents' pro-life stance, they refused have one. Today, Tebow is a walking example of God's grace.

Tim Tebow's success on the field has earned him the undying hatred of many people. Here are three examples of the bias against him:

Salem witches cast spells on Tim Tebow to ensure he would lose the playoff game. The witches made their spell on Friday the 13th to maximize demonic powers to ensure a victory for their team.

Jimmy Fallon channeled his David Bowie to sing a parody of the song “Space Oddity” to mock Tebow: “This is Jesus Christ to Tim Tebow, please leave me alone … don’t you know my day of rest is Sunday? And I’m sick of watching all these Broncos games. I hear you play New England next week. Dude …. You’re on your own. Brady is too good and I’ve got better things to do.”

Comedian Bill Maher was downright offensive with his remarks against Tebow. After the Broncos lost to Buffalo , he tweeted the following remark. "Wow, Jesus just [expletive] Tim Tebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler, ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’ ”

The sad truth for the God haters is that the public overwhelmingly approves of a God-fearing quarterback. In a poll last month, Tebow was voted the favorite active pro athlete. He has generated huge ratings. The Broncos-Steelers game had a 25.9 overnight Nielsen rating, making it the highest-rated NFL wildcard game since 1988. Tebow's famous eighty-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime resulted in a record 9,420 tweets per second. According to Twitter, It was the most frenzied response for any sporting event.

It's easy to understand why Tebow would stand out from the herd. Most pro athletes are spoiled brats, making vast amounts of money and blowing their wealth on riotous living. Before the final game with the Broncos, New England Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski hung out with porn star Bibi Jones. Last week, Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his lawyers settle a rape charge for an undisclosed amount of money.

The unnatural hatred that has been aimed at Tebow offers strong evidence for biblical truth. Darkness can only exist if there is a total absence of light. Even the most trivial demonstration of Christian faith burns the eyes of the kingdom of darkness. Since I delight in seeing the liberal media in distress, I wish Tebow a long career.

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause” (John 15:18-25).

-- Todd


Big Brother’s Noose Tightens: Part 1

It is always with reticence that I write about government intrusion into our lives. This is because so much wild-eyed speculation is thrown around in cyberspace that one must be alert to what is and is not true in this incendiary area of concern. We get an endless parade of alerts that FEMA camps are almost ready to begin herding Christians, in particular, into the American version of Nazi-style concentration camps. The reports never cease of things such as the claim that gigantic, coffin-like containers are stacked and ready for mass burials at such a time when citizen resistance will be met with deadly force to put down rioting throughout the homeland.

The very term "homeland security" evokes thoughts of 1930s Germany and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and his genocidal Nazi maniacs. Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security director, is referred to caustically in some circles as “Big Sis,” a takeoff on George Orwell’s sinister symbol of tyranny, Big Brother. It is a matter concerning which she is said to recently have expressed her considerable irritation.

No matter how one chooses to frame in words the growing hold the federal government progressively exerts on our lives, it is essential that we look seriously at the problem while there remains freedom to do so. I dislike triteness, but the trite is true in this case. Where there is smoke there is fire. There is a lot of smoke clouding our future with regard to whether Americans will remain a free people.

The most immediate news that sparked this writing is the report so close to the doings of Hitler’s rise to power as to be chilling. At the same time, the news item seems so low key at first glance as to be innocuous. But, after that first glance, it becomes so blatant that even the strangest of bedfellows are joined in resistance to the intrusion.

Children in the Long Island, New York area have been strapped with monitors to keep a running check on their health. The program is the results of the school administrators’ desire to know about the condition of the kids’ problems with obesity. The action was apparently taken without the parents’ knowledge in many cases.

Reports are that this will soon become a full-scale program to monitor the children’s physical activities around the clock. The devices are like wristwatches, and count heartbeats, monitor body movement during daily activities, and even measure sleep habits, according to the story. It is all an attempt to get a handle on what the powers that be consider a growing obesity problem, according to those doing the monitoring.

The information is displayed on a color-coded screen and gets transmitted to a password-protected Web site that students and educators can access…

The monitors are distributed by Polar Electro, of Lake Success, LI, the US division of a Finland firm. (Mary Kay Linge, "Monitors Raise Privacy Fear," NYPOST.com, 1/15/12).

The devices have been put on children in public school systems around the U.S. on a limited basis thus far, without the knowledge of many of the parents whose children are involved. This is apparently being done on a test basis, with the intention of making it a part of monitoring health of students, thus to assess possible future health risks. Considering the government-controlled health system voted in before 2010 by Congress and signed by President Obama, we can only imagine where use of this kind of information might lead.

The matter is of sufficient concern that even an entity traditionally sycophantic toward any liberal government program is expressing concern. Jay Stanley, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said, “When you get into monitoring people’s biological vital signs, that’s a pretty intrusive measurement. There are key privacy interests at play.” Stanley said that at the very least, parents must have a say in how long the data will be stored and who will have access to it and schools must obtain parents’ consent. “A program like this should only be voluntary. Nobody should be forced to reveal biological indicators,” Stanley added.

The Hitler "Youth Corps" comes to mind when thinking on this and other of today’s government power grabs to control the structure of the American family and the day-to-day rearing of our children.

When Congress–and the president—decided in 1963 to try to kick God out of the American public school system, a flood of insanity gushed in to fill the void. It hasn’t stopped gushing. We have reared generations of children who are becoming ever farther alienated from the family model the God of Heaven instituted. Government has become the keeper of our children. The results are not greater freedom, but an ever-more restrictive way of life in what was once called "the land of the free." Big Brother’s noose of enslavement, like that Hitler perpetrated those many decades ago, might be on America’s horizon.

Next, we will look at how other signals of impending government control are threatening the American way of life.

The cure for what ails this, or any nation, of course, is found in the most notable of scriptural prescriptions found in God’s Holy Word. It is an Rx that speaks directly to all born-again children of God today–the Church.

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Terry

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He has for thirty-five years been a superb teacher and preacher of God’s Word, and by that I mean the whole Bible. He is not timid about getting into the prophetic Word in these crucial times.

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Dix puts forth the dispensational, premillennial, pretrib view of Bible prophecy in a dynamic way that too often is missing in pulpits across America today. Dr. Winston plans to launch an annual Bible prophecy conference as part of his ministry as senior pastor. I promise that you are in for a spiritual treat when you visit this church:

 

Crosspoint Community Church in Lone Tree, Colorado.


For directions and a map to Lone Tree Elementary School, where the church is housed for now, click here: 9375 Heritage Hills Circle.


Sundays

  • Early fellowship and coffee at 9 a.m.
  • Lesson from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Q & A and more fellowship time from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

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