I’m re-reading Michael Horton’s book A Place For Weakness. Here is a brief excerpt from chapter two, Good News For Losers.
“Ted Turner…calls Christianity “a religion for losers”. How do you react when you read these words or encounter them in veiled remarks by friends, coworkers, and relatives who do not know Christ? For at least a century and a half, American evangelism has spent great effort and money on public relations campaigns for Christianity in just this area of concern. Famous athletes, politicians, entertainers, and other icons of popular culture are regularly trotted out as trophies of grace. Have you ever seen a janitor interviewed for his testimony?”
As I read this section it brought to mind a recent conversation I overheard. An individual was telling someone else that Bobby Bowden (retired football coach) was going to be the guest speaker at their church on Father’s Day, for both services. Now, honestly, I’m not bashing Bobby Bowden, I do not know him, I know of him. I certainly hope he is everything he claims to be, but my concern, my question, is why would a Pastor, an undershepherd over God’s sheep, a God called, ordained Gospel minister turn the Lord’s pulpit over to a celebrity
? Obviously, it speaks to this “American Evangelism” concern that Michael Horton references in his book. Here in the deep south, Mr Bowden’s college football credentials will attract a certain type of person; it’s a marketing ploy, a strategy to reach a certain type of individual. It is as if the Gospel and the Word of God are not enough.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
P.S. And yes, I’d say the same thing if it was Tim Tebow.