Xavier L. Suarez: Tim Tebow's last Biblical quote

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:13 p.m.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Tim Tebow saved his best game for last, with over 500 yards combined passing and running in the Sugar Bowl, which set all kinds of bowl records.He wore on his face a quote from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians. It was as if he was reminding himself that his amazing physical gifts were not the result of his works as much as something God had given him so he

could do good works.

There might never be a college football player like Tim Tebow: extraordinarily talented in sports, looks, and missionary zeal. The American media doesn't know quite what to do with him, just like they don't know how to deal (and mostly don't report) on all the college and pro athletes who point to heaven when they score a touchdown or a basket or hit a home run, as if to give glory to God.

The media is embarrassed to have to deal with such notorious people quoting the Bible or giving thanks to God for their gifts of talent, health, looks. (They prefer to cover the moral transgressions of a Tiger Woods or a Bill Clinton or a governor here and another there.)

Politicians no longer quote the Bible, except possibly the Old Testament. By omitting quoting the Gospels, civic leaders and other prominent people deprive the youth and others who are not so well versed of the wisdom found there. The teachings of Jesus, the way he dealt with intellectual traps set for him by Pharisees, or plain questions by simple folks struggling to lead better lives, is nothing short of brilliant. The Gospels recount the best speeches and the most poignant stories by the best speaker of all times. Neither Churchill nor Kennedy nor Reagan (the last two helped by Ted Sorensen and Peggy Noonan, respectively) ever spoke with such clarity, wisdom, pschological insight, understanding of the nature of our species.

It is up to us to spread the messages of people like Tim Tebow, who themselves are spreading the good news of a creator who saw our ancestors turn away from his/her plan for us and decided that the only remedy was to take a human form. Tim Tebow has imparted to me (and millions of -others) more wisdom than is contained in all my writings and speeches in

many cities, schools and gatherings. I look forward to what he will do in the professional ranks.

Xavier L. Suarez

Former Mayor,

City of Miami

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