To any honest observer, it’s clear America is a hot mess right now. The Presidential race has peeled back some ugly, deep feelings that have people at each other’s throats. How bad is it? Some are taking extreme measures to make sure their yard signs don’t get destroyed.
In Kansas, one used 500 pounds of rock to ensure the safety of their Donald Trump sign while another placed their sign high up in a tree to avoid the wrath of an angry passerby.
Christians are engulfed in a civil war of sorts, as prominent leaders are clashing over support of Trump. An editorial in Christianity Today denounced support of Trump and argued it ran in opposition to the major tenants of the faith.
But there’s one Christian is reminding people what matters most. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that person is Tim Tebow.
Tebow has been playing baseball in the Mets’ minor league system this fall, and continues his flair for the dramatic. In his first ever professional at bat, he hit a home run.
His first game in the Arizona Fall League had even more dramatics, this time just off the field during a post-game autograph signing session. Fan Brandon Berry was in the front row when suddenly he suffered a terrifying seizure.
Tebow instinctively comforted the man as he struggled, gasping for air as his mouth foamed.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 12, 2016
Tebow knelt over the man, laid hands on him, and said a prayer. According to witnesses, almost immediately afterwords the man came to and began breathing normally again.
Witnesses were stunned. One talked to ABC News, as did Tebow himself:
“It was a miracle moment that happened there,” a witness, Daniel Kelly, told the Associated Press. Tebow stayed with Berry until the EMTs were able to administer care.”You just remember what’s important,” Tebow later told ABC News. “Baseball’s awesome it’s something I’m so excited I get a chance to pursue, but what’s important is lives matter, people matter. This young man, he mattered. So my first instinct was to just be with him, put my hands on him and pray for him.”We get caught up in so many different things, things that we’re pursuing and we forget about what matters most is the people around us,” he added.
The fan is now doing fine.
Of course, media outlets are running with the story and (perhaps somewhat mockingly) claiming Tebow ‘saved’ the man. Of course, this isn’t true – he merely prayed with the man and God did the rest.
What Tebow has saved is faith in our common humanity and, at least for a moment, he’s kept the notion alive that life is about more than our political differences.