Although it seems that saving one’s sexual purity for marriage is a rare occurrence, it is refreshing to hear an occasional voice telling youth that it is possible to do so. In the sports world, quarterbackTim Tebow was often ridiculed by non-Christians for his often public profession of his faith in Christ, and was even sometimes made fun of for vowing to maintain sexual purity before marriage, but Mr. Tebow has remained humble and ever so gracious in his servitude to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, The Original Light. He often gives of his time and money for others, and uses his platform to glorify God.
Recently, Billy Hallowell, who writes for The Blaze, and in this case Deseret News, published an article about Inside Edition correspondent Megan Alexander. Mrs. Alexander, like Mr. Tebow, has managed to have a career in the public eye and remain true to her Christian values and faith in Jesus.
Mrs. Alexander has recently published a book titled Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs, in which she shares her practical advice for achieving excellence in career, faith, and family and gives us an honest look at thriving in a secular industry as a believer. Her courage in sharing her obedience to God’s call for sexual purity in her youth and young adulthood is to be admired, as so many youth might be empowered to make the same stand in the face of intense peer pressure with the encouragement from someone who is Exhibit A that it can be done, and that God favors those who honor Him.
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We live in a society that gives most of its attention to those who are self-indulgent and live for the if it feels good do it moment. Rap stars, rock stars, movie stars, and athletes with the bling bling (Mr. T. Starter Kits) hanging around their necks, appendages, and sticking into and out of their facial orifices receive the attention from a society that is thirsty for vile, vulgar, erotic, and sexually provocative conduct. Those individuals who choose to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ receive attention from people, but in a world where everything seems to be inside out and upside down, that attention tends to be negative and critical rather than being framed the way it should be. Former Heisman Trophy winner and short term pro-athlete Tim Tebow once again has received that kind of treatment from commenters at various publications for praying with the distraught wife of a man who was fighting for his life on a Delta airlines flight. According to CBN News, several posters dealt Mr. Tebow such insults as, “What a putz,” simply for doing what any compassionate Christian would be expected to do.
The treatment Mr. Tebow receives from a skeptical, increasingly non-Christian public is a sad commentary on the reluctance of people to follow the guidance of Jesus, and be a reflection of The Original Light, but rather instead are more likely to be a beacon for Lucifer, the counterfeit light, who leads individuals on paths to destruction. Tim Tebow’s contributions to society stand alone as a testament to what he is all about. His foundation, TimTebowFoundation.org, states its mission as being to “bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need”. It also states that it is Mr. Tebow’s desire to use the public platform that God has blessed (him) with “to inspire and make a difference in peoples lives throughout the world”. It’s sad that Tim Tebow doesn’t receive more praise for trying to live for Jesus and make this world a better place, but one has to remember that Jesus Himself was crucified by a cruel and Godless humanity even as he died to forgive the sins of all who would accept such a gracious and merciful gift.
(H/T: CBN News)
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When a Heisman Trophy winner is “all in for Jesus” as much as he is for excelling on the football field, it draws the attention of believers in Jesus who would not otherwise pay as much attention to the sport. Marcus Mariota’s desire to glorify Jesus in all that he does is special. It puts him in a unique class of athlete that even sometimes transcends longstanding college football rivalries. It’s difficult to not root for the guy if you are a believer in Christ. It’s a phenomenon that doesn’t occur often, but is similar to the attention warranted by Tim Tebow. The editor of ShaynRoby.wordpress.com understands this, because he found himself rooting for Tim Tebow at the professional level even though as an avid fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, an affinity for an ex-Florida Gator would be looked upon as bizarre and borderline sacrilege.
Mariota and his Oregon Ducks will play against the Florida State Seminoles on Thursday in the Rose Bowl for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship game. Regardless of whether the Ducks win, his accomplishments are a good way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Mariota was introduced to The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) while starting at quarterback as a senior for St. Louis High School in Honolulu. That year he led his team to an 11-1 record, earned a state title and won the PepStar Magazine All-West Region and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year awards. Just before the onset of his stellar 2014 season at Oregon, Mariota told FCA that he strives to go “all in” for Christ and his team, according to One News Now.
FCA president and CEO Les Steckel says that celebrating his Christian nonprofit organization’s 60th anniversary couldn’t have come at a better time. He indicated that his ministry couldn’t have asked to celebrate six decades with a more godly and Christ-honoring athlete than Mariota, who played alongside 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at the NUC All World Game.
Finishing up 2014 with a believer in Christ winning the Heisman Trophy caps off a year in which millions of people heard the gospel, and accepted Christ. Marcus Mariota seeks to do what all believers should: We should all seek to glorify Jesus everything that we do.
(H/T: Michael F. Haverluck/ One News Now)
Roby’s Right Corner
Shayn Roby’s Take: Whether it’s in the NFL, business, or ministry, Tim Tebow will remain in the center of God’s will for his life. For that reason, perhaps being cut by the Patriots is not a traumatic experience for him.
Shayn Roby’s Take: Tim Tebow made the 75-man roster cut. Whether he makes the 53-man roster or not, Tebow keeps what is important in perspective: Serving the Lord Jesus with all his heart, soul, and strength.
No matter what happens on the gridiron, Tim Tebow has Jesus as the most important part of his life.For this very reason, Mr. Tebow is well prepared for whatever setback befalls him in life with a humble and can do attitude. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/23/tebow-doesnt-play-but-says-thats-ok/