Looking forward to giving God all the glory in tonight's 666th Monday Night Football game. Romans 8:37-39—
Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) October 08, 2012
I am not a Tim Tebow the football player fan. But as a human being, I find him pretty cool. He’s caring, he has a strong faith foundation and seems like a genuinely good guy.
But the above tweet from today got me confused. Tebow tweets Bible verses frequently, but this one was strange as he made an effort to mention that this was the 666th Monday Night Football game. Was it necessary to mention 666? Or was he seriously trying to tell people that because it’s #666, God needed to get involved?
Maybe I’m overreacting to it but maybe I’m not. The #666 is commonly associated with the devil and I just find it very strange that Tebow had to mention it in his tweet. I’d like to think that was all coincidental but my initial reaction was a complete shock.
And given that Tebow is such a big face to the Christian community, this may hurt or help their image — depending on whose side you’re on.
He had to intentionally put 666 in there for a reason. It’s not like it was the 500th game that they’re celebrating. It was 666 — a number with very dangerous associations. Does he really think he’s battling Satan in this game?
And the Bible verse he references is this:
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(New International Version)
** Sidenote. I also consider myself a Christian so I know both sides of how this could be viewed. I think I understand where Tebow is coming from but maybe it’s just an unfortunate coincidence. Either way, it just struck me in a strange way.