Scoliosis Of The Heart

by SidewalkPhilosopher

Tim Tebow's time taken to pray in public has caused speculation. If this is your chosen path, you may not know what tomorrow holds. But you, as Tim, will know who holds tomorrow.

Stepping Out On Faith

How many of you follow the major leagues and enjoy a good game on Saturday afternoon?

If you do, I am sure you have heard of Tim Tebow.  For those of you who don’t know of him, he is an American football player who is currently the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

However, his accomplishments reach much further than his game. Tim is a professed Christian who, though setting himself apart by doing so, credits God for his success, both as a football player and as a man. His time taken to pray in public before a game and after a touchdown has caused widespread speculation among his fans.

Jesus told his disciples that they would be

hated because they chose to follow Him. That has not changed today and Tim receives criticism for his faith regularly. The media does not understand Biblical Christianity.

However, this has not deterred him from his goals as a Christian. It has not slowed his quest to share the Lord with his teammates and fans…or our nation.

A Shining Light

 

How many of us would have his courage? Could we be such a shining light for God as Tim has displayed openly to all of us?

A Christian’s shining light has been the subject of our Pastor’s sermons this month and I will try, in my meager way, to share with you his thoughts.

In The Midst

People delight in finding fault in Christians, wanting to see them fail. In some personal way, a Christian’s failure brings them down to the level of those who do not believe, helping them to feel better about their own harmful lifestyles.

However, people do not reject us as people but, instead, as Christians.

We can all have a crack in our faith but it can be a stumbling block to others.

It is difficult to live our lives above reproach, without rebuke, and still follow the teachings of the Bible. We live in the midst of a crooked and perverse world. Our world is dying from Scoliosis of the heart.

Human Judgment

Now, exactly what do I mean by that? We are, none of us, perfect. We are all subject to error at any given time. However, as Christians, we must be an example to others, as Tim shows us in his own actions.

If we shine as lights among men, we then can stand blameless in the midst of a perverse nation. We add flavor to the words of Jesus Christ in the way we live our lives.

It is difficult to stand firm in the world we live in. It is difficult to stand out as different among the ways of others. It is difficult to always be subject to the scrutiny of those around us, knowing our actions are not only being

observed, but our failures as well. A wrong step in our human judgment can bring about rebuke and disbelief in others.

And, yet, there is Tim kneeling on the field for all to see, a shining example for the Kingdom of God.

Reveal The Truth

So, we live with this form of Scoliosis daily, facing the crooked ways found in the minds of so many, where they may shine on the outside, while inside, they are crooked, bent under the strain of their own sin.

As Christians, we must daily hold forth the word of God against all adversity and worldly action, knowing “others may, however, we may not.” We must shine as an example and guard against our own sinful nature.

As a shining light, we can shatter the darkness and reveal the truth. We have been saved to glorify God.

Who Holds Your Tomorrow?

 

What causes a man to be condemned? Is it because their good works were few? Is it because they failed to attend the right church? Is it because they were of the wrong faith? Is it because they did not give their ten percent to the Lord?

No, it is because they did not believe in the only begotten Son of God. To believe is to know we are saved by grace and exactly what

the Lord expects of us daily. And it is our legacy to share what we find in Him with others.

Set your own standards high with boundaries and stand firm to your beliefs. When this is your chosen path, you may not know what tomorrow holds but, as Tim, you will know who holds tomorrow.

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Updated: 03/27/2012, SidewalkPhilosopher
 
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SidewalkPhilosopher on 08/10/2013

You are right, Cathy! :)

Cathy on 08/10/2013

Just wanted to say Tim Tebow got fired from the Broncos. He is now a New England Patriot and they seem to be accepting of his love for our Lord. I am so proud that he takes that stand and hopefully reaches young people especially.

SidewalkPhilosopher on 08/09/2013

Thank you, Michey! I am glad you found the article to be helpful...

Michey on 08/09/2013

You chose a very good examples in Tim, he must be an inspiration to many and I like the way you explain the "scoliosis of the heart", we must stay free to express out believes, out faith, and avoid the intimidation of ignorance.
Thank you Jeanie, it was a great read which makes me think.

SidewalkPhilosopher on 09/14/2012

Thank you, Betty...I am so very glad you enjoyed my words...

Betty on 09/14/2012

Another wonderful and inspiring essay. They just keep getting better and more inspirational. I'll send this along to those who love your stories, as I do. Thanks for keeping me on your list. You are amazing!

SidewalkPhilosopher on 03/27/2012

Jean, I am so very sorry you were hurt by my comparison...actually, it was my pastor's comparison. He wanted the congregation to think of the twisted spine in thinking of man's own sinful nature. He would be upset to know the thought was hurtful and certainly did not mean it in the way you took it. My adopted foster daughter has scoliosis, too, as well as a couple of other genetic disorders in her lower spine.

JeanBakula on 02/03/2012

I think Tim Tebow should be free to express his faith as he wishes. It was the word scoliosis that got my attention. I was born with it, and have had a fulfilling yet very difficult life, where I had to work harder at everything than others, due to all the side effects, surgeries, casts and braces needed to help a spine curvature. But I never thought of myself as "crooked" or "bent." It was kind of hurtful. Maybe another word would have been more appropriate. On a better note, love the picture of the hands surrounding the tiny baby feet!

SidewalkPhilosopher on 01/25/2012

Thank you, Cathy and I agree that our young people need to see more of their "stars" stand up for the Lord!! Thanks for posting!!

Cathy Gaylord on 01/25/2012

This is a good one. Paster Dean comes up with some good ones and this is one everyone needs to hear. I am so impressed wtih Tim Tebow. He also kneels whenever he scores a TD. I am so glad he stand up for our Lord and in doing so is an example to young people especially since they see so many bad actions from athletes today. God Bless trbow and may he continue to spread the message.

By the way great job. I'm posting this to my status on FB. Love you. Cathy


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