Through self-examination, spiritual direction, faith, and even something as basic as trial and error, a person begins to see what about him-or-herself is fake or unreal or simply artificial, and also what is true, holy, and authentic: what is wanted for the sake of the world and what is wanted for the sake of God.
It might not seem like an Advent piece, but it really is: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, “Scary” John the Baptist — they all fulfilled God’s plan by being willing to be all they were meant to be — to say “yes” to it, even though that meant putting an end to making claims to their own ideas.
That topic seems particularly apt as the nation continues to obsess on Tim Tebow, with his fans and foes alike seeming all too eager to assign meaning to his strengths and weaknesses, and — not surprisingly — the meanings they assign tend to validate their views, which can only lead them to back to themselves.
Jeff Pojanowski expands on all of that and challenges the narrative to go further:
And this is also why the hubbub around Tebow’s remarkable winning streak is dissatisfying. Popular media, more fixated on cultural conflict than actual culture, work to shape the Tebow phenomenon into a stock, religious-versus-secular kabuki production. In this tired morality play—one reminiscent of debate about the “meaning” of Sarah Palin—coastal New Yorker readers, ironists twittering pictures of themselves “Tebowing,” and handwringing strict-separationists are to square off against red-state, religious rubes with persecution complexes. The two sides emote against each other and somehow are to view Tebow’s on-field exploits as the arbiter of their struggle: watch him lose and smile at how existence mocks the folly of belief, watch him win and see God help His champion prevail in Babylon.
This construct profoundly misses the point, as I suspect Tebow would agree. Religious believers can cheer for the Christian hero in the modern coliseum, but it is also important to remember that his predecessors made their mark by falling to the lions, not by beating the Bears. Christ performed wondrous deeds but in the end won by losing on this world’s terms, and popular culture remains confounded by the cross and incurious about the apparent stranger on the Emmaus Road.
You’ll want to read the whole thing. Even Tebow cannot know to what ends he is being led. But he’s being who he is — to the delight of some and the consternation of others — and that’s what God asks of us: that we be open to finding out his plan for each of us, and then assenting to live within it.
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