posted on December 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Hey ladies! Have you “Tebowed” today? Do you even know what “Tebowing” is? Well everyone’s doing it, or at least talking about it, so let’s join the discussion.
Tim Tebow is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. The first time his name came to my attention was in a Focus on the Family commercial during the 2010 Superbowl. The ad was a pro-life piece that featured Tebow and his mother and caused quite a stir.
Earlier this year I saw Tebow in an interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The interview is below; I urge you to watch it because it demonstrates how genuine Tebow is. Pay attention to his story about putting Bible verses under his eyes and the response he received. The interview also shows and discusses the controversial Focus on the Family ad.
Tebow’s popularity has been on the rise and now we’re in the midst of Tebow mania. His name is everywhere. Even Rick Perry, a Republican running for president, referenced Tebow in a recent debate, stating, “I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”
Why the sudden burst of Tebow mania? The Denver Broncos have been on a winning streak, but haters question Tebow’s abilities as a quarterback. The Broncos’ pattern has been a poor first half and a great comeback. Critics say Tebow’s not a great player and that the plays are set up to accommodate his weaknesses.
But it’s not just his style that’s annoying the critics: It’s the fact that Tebow is known for taking a knee and praying on the sidelines or gesturing to God when he makes a good play or gets a touchdown.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf (1 Peter 4:16).
Tim Tebow taking a knee has become such a phenomenon that people have labeled the act “Tebowing.” There’s even a formal definition: “(vb) to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”
Tebow always has been very open about his faith. But the success of the Broncos has placed him and his love for Jesus Christ in the spotlight. As a result, he’s now a target for those who are non-believers or those who hate the Broncos. The backlash has been ridiculous and hostile.
The following image is of Detroit Lions player Stephen Tulloch “Tebowing” right after sacking the Broncos quarterback. Tebow graciously stated that he didn’t think it was a disrespectful gesture, but really?
And just this week Bill Press, former CNN host and liberal radio guru, insisted that Tebow’s faith is “in your face.” Tebow’s public displays of faith also have incited questions about his personal life, such as if he’s saving himself for marriage:
Is being a Christian a spectacle? In one way, the publicity’s great because it’s an opportunity for Tebow to demonstrate how he’s walking the walk, but that was a ridiculously unrelated question.
It can be disheartening for Christians to witness people mocking Tebow, but understanding why they do it may make it easier to tolerate. I believe that people make fun of him for two reasons:
- They are jealous of his courage. I think they wish they too were as comfortable with their faith. More so, they wish that they had such courage and conviction about anything that’s important to them.
- They are uncomfortable with Tebow’s openness regarding his faith. They don’t know how to handle it when he takes a knee or talks about Jesus Christ, so they mock or belittle it.
Tim Tebow always has exalted Christ openly. It’s what he was taught to do as a Christian.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Hebrews 13:15).
In one way it’s annoying and insulting when haters mock Tebow’s faith, but in another way all this attention is inspiring. Even in a negative light, the act of “Tebowing” gets people curious. They learn what it is, how it originated, and ultimately they learn about him and his courage to express his faith in a way that’s natural to him, no matter what those around him say or do.
Ultimately, I don’t believe that Tim Tebow cares about the criticism or appeasing the haters. He cares about pleasing God. When God’s number one in your heart, nothing else matters. It takes a lot of courage to take a knee in the middle of a packed football stadium. But this action reflects who Tebow is. He walks the walk.
The quarterback does a lot of charity work with children, especially in the Philippines where he was born. In January 2010 he launched the Tim Tebow Foundation, which currently is helping fund a 30-bed children’s hospital in the Philippines. He also does missionary work with his father’s charity organization, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. This is only a tiny portion of the good works Tebow does.
Does God care about football? I doubt it. But God loves Tebow and I believe that He is pleased with the quarterback’s devotion to faith and good works. God is rewarding Tebow for glorifying Him with such courage. I also believe that God is working through Tebow. Remember the Google response to changing the verse under his eyes in the Huckabee interview above? That’s just amazing.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I’m so inspired by Tebow. He is a fantastic role model and we all can learn how to be better Christians through his actions. He also is a reminder that there are great Christian men that are worth waiting for!
Let’s pray for him and ask that God keeps him strong in his faith, even while he is being demeaned.
Lord God, continue to guide Tim Tebow down the path of righteousness and forever bless him with the courage and determination to follow his heart to You openly and with sincerity. May the acts and good works of Tebow be an inspiration to all that hear his story, and even to non-believers, so that they too are inspired to open their hearts up and devote their lives to You. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have you “Tebowed” today? Do you think that his acts of faith are inspiring, or can you understand why some may find it annoying? Why do you think people mock him?