I've had some friends and church folks weighing in on the importance of advocating for CBS to air the Tim Tebow prolife ad during the Super Bowl. From what I understand, Tim Tebow's mother was advised to have an abortion, which would've left the world without one of the most well known, well liked college football players is NCAA history.
I wonder if this is worth it.
I get that the message is a vitally important one. I get that having it aired with such a captive audience who is guaranteed to stay tuned for the commercials is a great chance to make a statement.
I am a big fan of Tim Tebow the man (not really the football player). He is a man who has integrity, faith in Christ and his actions align with his message, which is refreshing in an era when so many talk the talk and avoid the walk.
But here's where I am struggling and I hope Christ-followers can think on this as well: We can't legislate Christianity. Moreover...we shouldn't want to legislate Christianity. It takes us to a dangerous places that isn't what Jesus had in mind when he spoke of Kingdom. I'm not downplaying the injustice of killing unborn children, but I think the best way to move away from that in culture is to bring the message of redemption and hope to the culture.
Jesus said, "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad for a tree is recognized by its fruit." What the Church has done has pointed at a bad tree and said, "stop bearing bad fruit". This does not work. It hasn't worked for the decades that abortion has permeated culture. It hasn't worked throughout history in any number of ways. The only way to see good fruit is to have the tree be good.
In Hebrew, there is a word called barah. It is used in Genesis 1:1 to say "In the beginning God barah-ed the heavens and the earth. All throughout the Hebrew Scriptures the word is used and it is only used with God as the barah-er. In Psalm 51, David's prayer "Create in me a new heart O God" uses barah.
So if you want someone's heart made new...if you want their tree to be good, it's God who must do the barah-ing, so we simply need to be attentive to where God is at work making good trees and join him in the process.
Love to hear your feedback on this. I know some of you are Catholics who are passionate about this issue, so keep the dialogue going.