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Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Bible In [or On] Your Face


I watched most of last night's game between Alabama and Florida. After Alabama widened its lead to 19 points I lost interest.


I did find the quarterback for the Gators, Tim Tebow, interesting, particularly his eye make-up.




In case that verse doesn't automatically spring to mind, John 16:33 reads:


'I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’

Jesus is speaking to his disciples. It appears Jesus had conquered everything in the world except the Crimson Tide defense.

Alabama persecuted Florida, 32-13.

What meanest thou thy Bible verses upon thy face?

The most direct answer is superstition. Eye Black Bible is similar to wearing a rabbit's foot, never washing your jock strap, or getting a tattoo on your butt cheek. Sports figures and their fans are notoriously superstitious and the American Evangelical Superstar
Jesus is a natural icon for this role.

But this particular superstition is pretty brazen. It is one thing to wear a gold cross under your jersey. It is quite another to emblazon a verse on your face for a national television audience.

Maybe he wants to improve our literacy level. Looking up references to Western literary classics that football players paint on their cheekbones can make you feel better about wasting three hours watching grown men beat each other over a ball. If all the players did this folks at home might read a whole book of the Bible or maybe one of Shakespeare's plays during commercial breaks.

We have a minute 39 left in the first half. It is 3rd and three and the left guard is reminding us to look up Hamlet 3/1.
In addition to superstition an element of proselytizing is at work here. But proselytizing for whom exactly? The quarterback wants everyone to buy in to his superstition so everyone can be superstitious. Um, no thanks.

I know. What right have I to say anything? I am after all, Mr. Irreverence. But really, Bible verses on football players' cheekbones? Can we make Christianity any more coarse?
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