Tim Tebow and Kirk Cameron – Living Our Faith
- Rick Scarborough
- Apr 12, 2012
Secularists have long sought to create a division between religion and everyday life. Faith is something we’re supposed to “experience” one day a week (if that), in a white clapboard building.
It’s not something to be lived. It’s not supposed to impact the culture or the course of national affairs. There are serious ideas, and there are religious ideas, the culture tells us. Celebrities (athletes and actors) are supposed to make headlines with scandalous behavior, not with public professions of faith.
But, increasingly, with the ruins of secularism all around us, those who have nothing to gain and everything to lose are taking up the cross.
On Easter Sunday, NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow spoke to 30,000 at an outdoor prayer service at the Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. The football star confessed: “I really don’t think I was the first athlete to get on a knee and pray. I had the same routine for the last seven years, and this past year they called it ‘Tebowing,’ which I have no idea why.”
“We need to get back to one nation under God, and be role models for kids,” the quarterback declared. He added that he hoped one day high school athletes will be able to kneel and pray on their football field.
Actor/Director Kirk Cameron has a documentary, “Monumental,” tracing America’s historical roots, opening in select theaters this week. In the film, Cameron explores America’s religious heritage and how it shaped our nation’s greatness. To find a theater near you that’s showing the documentary, go tohttp://www.monumentalmovie.com/theaterlistings.html
In a March interview on CNN, Cameron did the unthinkable for the establishment, by rejecting gay marriage and criticizing homosexual behavior. Cameron said it was “unnatural” and “detrimental” to society. The response was a predictable avalanche of indignation. (By the way, Cameron says he was not raised in a church-going family and was a dedicated atheist at age 14.)
Tebow and Cameron join a growing number of celebrities who refuse to hide their light under a basket. Like flowers which struggle to come up out of the pavement, they refuse to remain in the white-clapboard box to which society has assigned them. May God bless them richly and protect them.
The 40 DAYS TO SAVE AMERICA is about to bring all of us – the famous and ordinary citizens – to humbly turn to God in prayer and seek forgiveness for our nation’s sins.
Clearly God has put his affirmation on the project of 40 Days to Save America. We were recently made aware of an effort by several other groups to call the nation to prayer called America for Jesus 2012. We have been in communication with them and have decided to merge the two efforts into one. The event will start with a 2-day rally at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA. Dozens of well-known speakers will participate, including Bishop Anne Gimenez, Lou Engle, Jim Garlowe, Bishop Harry Jackson, Ron Luce, and I will speak as well. It will launch the 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting, with new dates beginning with the rally on Sept. 28th and concluding on Election Day, Nov. 6th.
More information can be found at www.afj2012.org. More details will be coming.
Why 40 DAYS TO SAVE AMERICA?
In times of upheaval, our people have often been urged to humbly turn to God in prayer and repentance. This is such a time.
Our nation was founded on a vision – the belief that America exists to do God’s will and, consequently, that as long as we remain true to that purpose, we will be uplifted and under His protection. The suffering of our land bears witness to how far we have strayed.
Our republic faces multiple crises – economic, social and spiritual – every bit as daunting as those of Americans confronted in times past. Only God can save America! That’s why 40 DAYS TO SAVE AMERICA is so vitally important.
What may be the most important election of our lifetimes is less than nine months away. Voting is both a civic duty and a grave responsibility which must be approached with solemnity and due deliberation. The place to start is by asking God’s support in the task of selecting our leaders.
Starting on September 28th and continuing through Election Day on November 6th, we are calling for 40 days of prayer services, fasting and repentance – hopefully leading to national renewal. Through conference calls, a website, publications, networking, this newsletter and publicity, we hope to facilitate this effort.
The political problems which beset us are symptoms of a deeper spiritual malaise.
The place to start to save America isn’t with primaries, platforms and conventions, but prayer, fasting and repentance.
- We are calling for national prayer and for an outpouring of revival and awakening, leading to renewed civic involvement by people of faith.
- We will be praying for voters to make informed choices, not as Democrats and Republicans but as children of the living God.
- We will be praying for our leaders to have the wisdom and discernment to act according to His will, and thus in the national interest, instead of based on personal or partisan considerations.
At a recent high-level meeting, a prominent conservative leader said of 40 DAYS TO SAVE AMERICA, “Dr. Scarborough, this may be the most important undertaking of your ministry...and you have already done many very important things."
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