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.
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?