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SNL Spoofs Tebow, But is Mocking Christianity the Same as Mocking God?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | December 22, 2011
I know Tim Tebow has been a media focus these last few months, but I had to ask a question after seeing the Denver Broncos’ quarterback spoofed on Saturday Night Live the other night. If you are not familiar with Tim Tebow, check out my post, “Who is Tim Tebow and why is Everyone ‘Tebowing’?”
Watch the SNL skit below.
I’m interested in what you think of this skit. I believe it’s really important for people to have a sense of humor, especially when it comes to themselves. It’s healthy to be able to laugh at yourself, but I don’t think this philosophy applies when it comes to spoofing God.
To make matters worse, rumor has it that SNL is looking to have Tebow host the show.
SNL realizes it would be HUGE ratings and they are hoping he will say yes (SNL source).
It’s hardly surprising that SNL is looking to book Tim Tebow, since CBS drew in a 19.5 rating with the Patriots/Broncos game last weekend. That’s the highest regular season game rating since 2007, and it’s predominantly because of Tebow-mania.
SNL hosts usually are asked to spoof themselves. But how would it benefit Tebow to accept the offer if they ask him to make fun of his faith? How would that glorify God?
In 1 Corinthians 10:31 we are told to glorify God in everything we say and do, and in Hebrews 13:15 it says that we should praise God continually. Tebow is devoted to Jesus Christ and follows these teachings loyally. So when a Christian like Tebow is mocked for following such teachings, is God not ultimately being mocked too?
I don’t think that Tebow should spoof his Christianity on SNL. In doing so, he would only legitimize everyone who has made fun of his faith in the past and, in turn, weaken his own credibility as a Christian. More importantly, I think that it would be offensive to God. It is because of this last reason that I don’t think Tebow will make fun of his faith. He may agree to host SNL, but I would be surprised if he spoofed Christianity.
Christianity is made fun of regularly. And just as often, we Christians laugh along or shrug it off. We are told to turn the other cheek. But should we be so accepting if those who mock Christianity also are mocking God?
I think it’s time to take a stand as Christians. We don’t have to be rude or aggressive. Remain Christ-like in your defense of the Lord. Use the opportunity to share God’s word, and do it with respect and style. I’m pretty sure that’s what Tim Tebow would do.
What do you think? Sure it’s good to have a sense of humor about yourself, but is making fun of your faith the same thing? Do you think that Tebow should spoof his faith?