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Should Tim Tebow Fear Temptation?

Sometimes when people are successful, there are others around them who are cynical, envious, and determined to break them down. This is my fear for Tim Tebow.

Tebow is the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and both his performance on the field and his desire to praise God in public have made him a phenomenon. If he’s not on the television or radio, he’s being discussed on them. He literally is everywhere!

But as expected, Tebow’s success has led to a lot of cynicism, criticism, and–the most dangerous, in my opinion–the desire to “expose” him in some way through temptation.

There are so many Tebow “haters” out there. Some dislike him because they hate his team, others because they resent his openness about his faith, or the effect his love for God is having on the nation. And if you don’t like him, what better way to expose him than to tempt him in some way, and then reveal the dirt to everyone?

I found the following clip on TMZ, titled “Tim Tebow — TEMPTED IN SIN CITY.”  It’s kind of funny because it shows how good Tebow is, but it’s the conversation between the TMZ team members that brings up a great and serious point.

The man questions Tebow’s legitimacy and the woman jokes about seducing him. It’s actually appropriate that they are presented as devilish figures, because ultimately it is the devil who wishes to destroy Tebow though those who hate him.

In the next clip the reporter tries to get Tebow to talk about girls.

I love that clip because Tebow is quiet in the beginning and trying to be polite, even though you can see he doesn’t appreciate the topic of conversation. But then when the subject switches to faith, he becomes more talkative.

So what should Tebow do? Should he fear those who want to break his faith by tempting him? Should he be wary of or question the motives of everyone who approaches him?

In the following clip, Tebow discusses temptation and how he stays strong in his faith with Sean Hannity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMK1wNLxYPE&feature=player_embedded

I’m truly inspired by Tebow’s strength. He understands that there are people and situations that will be tempting. He doesn’t boast that he’s strong enough to fight it alone or that he’s immune to it. Instead, he reveals that he has a support system in place to hold him accountable. He also understands the consequences of his actions if they were to contradict his beliefs.

Temptation is everywhere, and I’m convinced it’ll follow Tebow more than most people because he is so devoted to God. But I’m also encouraged–he has surrounded himself with people who will help keep him strong, and I think we all could learn a lot from that.

What do you think of Tebow cynics and “haters”? Do you find that people try to tempt you? How do you remain strong in your faith?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by SugarGirl on May 21, 2012 at 19:48

    Tebow is such a role model. When I listen to the radio in my dads car, he normally has The Sports Hub on. The were talking about Timmy Tebow, and his faith. They were mocking him, and saying bad things about his faith. When in reality, they should look up to him, because of his faith, and how strong he stands in that. We could all learn a lesson from that! Tebow stands through temptation and takes it like a slap. The Bible says to turn the other cheek and that’s what Tebow does. I might not like the team he plays for, because I’m a Patriots fan all the way, but Tebow is still a role model. He stands up for what he believes in, and talks about his faith with other people. That is what we should be doing as well! Spreading the Gospel, and standing up for what is right/what we believe in!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Maddie on February 4, 2012 at 13:56

    I admire Tim Tebow. He’s not ashamed of his faith or his choices. I honestly think people don’t like him because he’s constantly winning games for his team, and it doesn’t leave much room for criticism about his football abilities. I agree with Sweetchild, Tim is not immortal, he can make mistakes like everyone else and we should respect him by not judging. There is a big media frenzy surrounding his faith, which sometimes can be uneccessary, considering that there are other Christian players out there. I just think his openess (praying on the field in front of everyone, openly speaking about Jesus and giving all the credit to Him) surprises a lot of people and that’s why he’s always an interesting topic (as well as a target) for news and such.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by poloplayinbirdy on January 28, 2012 at 21:42

    haters gon’ hate

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sweetchild on January 24, 2012 at 01:31

    It’s not that I dislike Tebow, I think that it’s amazing how strong his faith is. It’s the media and people that I dislike. Let him be! Why is Tebow getting all this praise and attention for having a strong faith? As Christians we are supposed to have a strong faith. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who wants this attention. He isn’t the only football player that prays before and during the game. I feel like if one day he may make an immoral mistake, all of the people who “love” him will be disappointed or judge him. We have to remember that he is a human, and we all make mistakes.