When Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow threw for 316 yards in an playoff game last month, there was a massive surge in internet searches for “John 3:16.”
A survey by the Barna Group found that 68 percent of Americans knew that the “3” refers to the chapter in John where the 16th verse is located. Among Protestants, that recognition factor was 80 percent, compared to 66 percent of Catholics.
Sixty-one percent of young adults in the US knew what the “3” stood for. Even 59 percent of atheists and agnostics knew what it meant.
Barna Group President David Kinnaman says, “The real gap comes when we talk about the claim Scripture has on their lives. When you start to ask them about how to apply it to their lives, that’s when the wheels come off.”
So is a good thing that faith and football seem to intersect in America?
Kinnaman says, “Tim Tebow brings some of these things to the forefront in a way we wouldn’t have had without him. The country thinks of itself as spiritual and has some kind of latent memory about what it means to be following Christ — but we need major celebrities to put the Bible back on the map.”
Jesus reminds us that whoever hears his words and puts them into practice is like a man who builds his house on a foundation of rock. When the floods of life come—and they surely will—we can stand strong if our life is built on the foundation of God’s word.
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.