Rick Joyner has been pushing the absurd notion that America is on the verge of a “spiritual revival” as God “pours out his spirit” — whatever the hell that means — on the country. And his evidence for that? The popularity of Tim Tebow and other Christian athletes. I kid you not.
The Tim Tebow phenomenon is another sign of the Awakening that is gaining momentum. There is no way to make sense of the kind of interest and popularity he has gained just by America’s love for underdogs and comebacks, even though the country is in desperate need of one. However, his string of improbable comebacks was impressive, but even those could not account for him passing some of the greatest names in sports history in popularity.
When the NFL forbid Tebow from putting “John 3:16” on his eye black, he threw for 316 yards, averaging 31.6 yards per completion, and the rating for that game was 31.6—it got the nation’s attention to the degree that 70 million people Googled John 3:16 over the next three days. Since no Christian would need to Google John 3:16 to see what it says, this may have been the biggest single witness of Christ in world history. Those were seeds sown, and we can be sure there will be a harvest.
Then we have the incredible popularity of Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks guard, also a Christian who stands bold and uncompromising in his faith. Bubba Watson, Ricky Fowler, and other professional golfers who are strong Christians and unapologetic about their faith, have likewise risen to the top of their sport in popularity. This is a clear sign we cannot ignore. The great majority of Americans are looking for courage, and for bold, uncompromising Christian leadership. There has been a great turning in the battle for the social values of America, and a Great Awakening is beginning.
One that will, no doubt, fill Joyner’s offering plates to overflowing.