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Jan. 1 2010 - 11:00 pm | 2,680 views | 0 recommendations | 9 comments

Tim Tebow teaches your kids how to selectively quote the Bible

In his last game tonight, the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is wearing, as he has so many games, a Bible cite on his eyeblack. (Tebow was Christian-home-schooled, and his name has been invoked in many states in legislation that would allow home-schooled students to play on public school sports teams, as his home state of Florida allows.) Tebow’s last choice was Ephesians 2:8-10.  The verses goeth:

8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Hey, kids, and parents, remember that if you put Bible verses on your eyeblack, your uniform, or your banner, some smart-aleck is going to look at the surrounding verses to check for context and/or selectively quote in a way that makes you look bad. Especially with Ephesians 2, a very short New Testament book that reads a lot like non-Israelites yelling “nanny nanny boo boo” at the Tribe now that they have a savior that YOU DON’T HAVE, even if you become as good a quarterback as Tim Tebow.

So without further ado, Ephesians 2:11-13:

11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

Please debate: Does this verse contain anti-Semitism, or are you too distracted by the image of Tim Tebow’s foreskin?


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    You may want to take your own advice; the passage in its entirety was meant to encourage Gentile Christians, not to thumb their noses at Jews. Paul was not being anti-semitic, he was speaking against a group of Jews who had converted to Christianity and were trying to get the Gentile converts to observe the entire law of Moses as a way of magnifying their own importance. One can see this theme woven througout Paul’s writings in the NT. He had nothing against Jews as he was a Jew; his issue arose when they came across with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude because of their Jewish heritage

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    captequinox is exactly right…you have no idea what you’re talking about. This verse is not at all anti-semitic, and I see nothing wrong with Tebow’s choice. Nice try though. Probably most people that read this will think you’re really clever.

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    Tebow would be happy that you are discussing these verses, even though I think you’ve missed the meaning.

    Paul, who was a Jew, writes to the Ephesians to make it clear that you don’t have to be Jewish or even to perfectly follow Jewish law to be saved. Salvation is a gift from God and our sins are forgiven by the sacrifice of God’s son. This gift is available for all those who accept it regardless of race or ethnicity.

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    Tebow’s foreskin? Almost certainly vaporized in a hospital incinerator long ago. If he still had it, he’d enjoy it far too much to want to go cutting them off Filipino boys.

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