Before we take another swing at Tebow

Before we take another swing at Tim Tebow today, let’s consider a few things.

What Tim Tebow can teach us about our culture

1. Flagrant and unabashed worship of God or more specifically Jesus makes us uncomfortable (unless of course, it’s a shout out to the man upstairs at an awards show mixed in with a flurry of accidental f bombs that have been beeped out). On the other hand flagrant and unabashed self worship is highly praised, sought after, and yes, preferred.

2. At the end of the day, we don’t really want the nice guys to win. We still prefer the bad guys to win. (Is it because the bad guys make us feel better about ourselves? Hmmmm.)

3. Don’t worry, religious bigotry is still alive and well in our country. Alive and well. And don’t hold your breath, it’s probably not going anywhere anytime soon.

What Tim Tebow can teach Christians

1. We, Christians must not be very vocal about our faith, as it seems Tebow is the only one causing a stir. Not only that, his Christianity seems quite shocking to everyone. So, I guess the rest of us have been pretty successful at keeping it under wraps. Way to go, that was the plan, right?

2. Tim Tebow has an amazing talent. He is gifted athletically more than any Joe Schmo you know or work with, but his main concern is not with himself or his fame. He knows his gifts are from God and he declares it, weekly, in front of millions people amidst endless criticism. He doesn’t care.  Do you do that? Do I?

3. I’ve not heard of any angry tweets coming from Tebow. Nor has he cleared his name in an interview with People magazine or the Washington Post. He’s been turning the other cheek a lot in face undeserved hatred. Do you? Do I?

What Jesus says about Tim Tebow

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

 

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6 thoughts on “Before we take another swing at Tebow

  1. michelle stibbs says:

    I kind of feel like a lot of people ARE supporting Tebow, because of the way he is. I’ve heard so many ESPN sportscasters rally behind him and even during the game yesterday you could sense a slight air of sadness that he wasn’t winning. Like they REALLY TRULY wanted him to win, wanted him to succeed. I think the world was rooting for the Good Guy yesterday, and I feel deep down that we always want good to win over bad. That’s why we love the underdog. There will always be critics and haters. But one thing I loved about Tebow was just how many people openly respected him, because of what he stood for. I love what he brought to the game and how so many ESPN writers became sentimental and supportive of a 23 year old boy that has more guts and heart than anyone we have seen in a long time. in the long run, all atheletes and ESPN broadcasters are still little boys at heart. wanting and needing a hero, someone to respect and admire and look up to. I love that Tim Tebow gave that to them. He should be so proud that he has been such a pillar in an otherwise dismal sport. I loved how, for maybe just one season, the hype wasn’t about sexting or affairs. but about a boy who loves God. and how he convinced the world to believe in him.

  2. cspindler says:

    15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:15-16).

  3. Jeff Finn says:

    The majority of stories about Tebow are extremely glowing ones about his religion and his character. I do think there is some derision from fans, but I don’t think they are against him being a Christian, just against him sharing his faith in that particular forum. Christians go to their church for a sermon; they go to the stadium for their fun. Tebow is forcing Christians to reconcile their split personalities. Most Christians live paradoxical lives and therefore get very good at compartmentalizing. Christianity asks a lot of people in the ways of charity and compassion and people want to feel like good Christians without having to actually do anything Christ-like. Tebow forces Christians to reflect on their own compartmentalized lives and forces them to see that they are living a lie- and who the hell wants that? Oh, and skill-wise as a quarterback he just sucks.

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