I'm sorry I forgot to mention this earlier today.
"John 3:16" has appeared in various forms at nationally televised sporting events over the years (usually, someone holds that up on a large sign in the end zone during football games when teams are attempting a kick), but after University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow inscribed it on his eye black for last night's BCS National Championship Game, the biblical reference became the most popular search item on Google.
Google Trends this morning had "John 3:16" ahead of searches for actress Mary Lynn Rajskub and the Windows 7 Beta download. Searches for the Bible verse reached a peak during last night's game.
In previous games, Tebow, an outspoken evangelical Christian who was born to missionary parents in the Philippines, sported on his eye black Philippians 4:13, notes Christianity Today. The verse says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
The well-known verse John 3:16 is commonly presented as a summation of the Gospel: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Yet, it was what one writer wrote that had me thinking today.
William Lobdell, author of "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - and Found Unexpected Peace," had a mixed reaction, but he concluded, "I have to wonder if his coaches or NCAA officials would allow him to have 'There Is' 'No God' written on his eye black below his right and left eyes. I imagine that these personal slogans will soon be banned," he wrote.
And that's where I started thinking. You know, he's probably right. We're sitting on the precipice of a period in time when anything Christian will not only be banned, but those who promote Christianity and the Gospel instead of bowing down to the Antichrist will be punished by death.
It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when. The only question that remains is how long until this becomes our reality?
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