The Conventional Christian

Posted: January 19, 2012 by Ricky Keeler in NFL

(Photo Credit: AP File Photo)

Now that the Tim Tebow story is over, the question has buzzed around in two parts. The first question is whether a quarterback like Tebow can be successful long-term in the NFL. The second question is whether or not he will be the starter for the Denver Broncos when the season begins in September. Two stories have come out on Tebow lately involving both of these concerns.

The first story came on Monday when Denver’s vice president of football operations, John Elway, came out and said Tebow would be the starter, but only entering training camp. Elway did say Tim made strides and would work with him in the offseason. However, to most media members, it does not sound like Tebow is the guy and sounds more similar to what Denver did last year in saying Tebow was the guy only to make Kyle Orton the starter right at the onset of training camp.

The second story came yesterday in what was revealed about Tebow during that loss to the Patriots. In the 2nd half of a 45-10 loss, it was said he finished the game with torn cartilage in his first rib, a bruised lung, and a fluid buildup in his pleural cavity. That must really hurt, but through all this, Tebow still remains humble and honoring the Lord with his play. Here are his comments about what Elway said on Monday.

“It’s a great honor to be a quarterback for the Denver Broncos,I take that very seriously. I’m very excited about this offseason and I can’t wait to get to work and get better.” – Tebow’s comments to The Denver Post.”

To a lot of people, they want to see Tebow more vocal and demand that he should be the starting quarterback next year. That is just not his personality and he will work hard in the offseason to prove he is the long-term man for the Broncos. However, I want to focus on people criticizing him because he is not a conventional quarterback. He shatters the mold, and people do not seem to think that can last.

This reminded me about a Bible Study my friend gave me on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. In this letter, Paul addressed an issue in the churches of Galatia  involving people known as “Judaizers”. The false teachers taught that salvation was not only through believing in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but also through keeping the works of the Law and being circumcised. With that being the overarching issue in the epistle, the Apostle draws a contrast between walking in the Spirit by faith and walking in the flesh by works in the fifth chapter.

There he talks about walking with the Spirit and how people can see the evidence of God living inside of us as the Holy Spirit brings forth certain fruits; fruits that are characteristic traits of the conventional Christian.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

And while these fruits are to be found in the conventional Christian, they shatter the mold of conventional behavior we find in the world. The things that the world endorses can be found in a list right before the one above (see Gal 5:19-21).

Today, I exhort you to become a conventional Christian. I know there is great temptation to do the works of the flesh, but nonetheless, if God’s Spirit dwells in us He will put us in situations where He wants us to show forth these fruits of the Spirit; after all, it’s to His glory. Not to mention, it can provide us with opportunities to show people that the way to salvation is not through good works, but only through believing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. It is great to not be like everyone else, but it’s more important that we please God in what we do. That’s conventional Christianity and an outworking of believing the Gospel of grace.

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