Tim Tebow finally started a game for the Denver Broncos and I can’t remember a football player more polarizing than this young man and for really no reason other than the media’s hype and dis-hype around him.
Tebow’s career is, as he would most likely say, is blessed with a high school championship and NCAA championship under his belt, along with that Heisman Trophy. He is one of the best college football players ever and unfortunately he’s a Christian. At least for those who don’t really like people of the Christian faith and especially for those who can’t stand the fact the Tebow is going to make sure his allegiance to Christ is mentioned during interviews.
How is it then that Tebow ranks the rank-and-file in the NFL? He’s been dismissed as a lousy quarterback who will never make it in the NFL. Yet where ever he plays he ends up winning a championship. He may not play the way a quarterback is supposed to play, whatever that means, and for a guy starting his first game of the season he was called out for his poor quality of play in the first three quarters (actually 57 minutes minutes) in yesterday’s overtime win against the Miami Dolphins.
Bronco fans should be commended for their enthusiasm behind Tebow. Perhaps Denver is the only place where Christianity is still alive and well in this country. If he is so vilified everywhere else then perhaps that is the only conclusion that can be made about the city of Denver’s spirituality.
Today, I took my kitten to see his veterinarian. His name is Denver. Not because I am a Denver fan though after visiting Denver last year it is a place on my list of where I’d like to visit again. Anyway, the doctor and technician and I all discuss football whenever I come in and when the doctor heard about Denver the cat he asked somewhat jokingly if it’s because I am a Tim Tebow fan. Well, I am but the comment elicited talk about yesterday’s games and of course Mr. Tebow.
The technician it turns out can’t stand Tim Tebow. And, his reason why is, I would suspect, why everyone else who hates him hates him. It’s because he’s a Christian and a very outspoken one. And yes, the technician did say he does not like Tebow because he uses his religious beliefs to push a political agenda. I’m not sure what the political agenda is but the veterinarian, a Christian but also the boss, very carefully pointed out that actors and other high profile characters often push political agendas without any backlash.
Save the Trees? You’ll be front page of the New York Times. Give Jesus Christ the glory for your talents? You’re dismissed as a would-be NFL star who will never make it. In yesterday’s post-game interview Tebow first started off by giving credit to his “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” and then concluded the interview by saying “God Bless.” When was the last time you heard a football player tell the interviewer “God Bless”? He wasn’t saying it as a way to say goodbye, I truly believe he meant for the interviewer to be blessed by God.
Tebow is now credited with pulling off the biggest upset in NFL history with three minutes to play. No team since the merger has ever won a game being down by 15 points with three minutes to play. On the same day, Carson Palmer threw three interceptions in his first game with the Oakland Raiders and rightfully so, his very legitimate excuse is, he joined the team a week ago. However, you could say that Palmer has been in the league long enough he should have been able to show some production. Tebow starts his first game of the season, in only his second year, and he’s quickly dismissed by some as an erratic quarterback who will never make it long term. A criticism that's been levied while he was still with Florida!
There is a double standard in this country when it comes to being a Christian and being vocal about it. Tim Tebow is a prime example of the poo-storm that happens when you’re a successful and outspoken Christian. Though we all have different personalities and characters, I wonder what this country and the world would be like if all Christians were as confident and faithful as Tebow.
In light of this I must say that I do pray Tebow is careful not only in his personal life but also how outspoken he gets. Yes, even as a Christian, I do not want Tebow’s overtly Christian tendencies to be a turn off to the non-believer. At some point it can not only be perceived but can actually be a form of arrogance. I know Jesus Christ cannot be compared to the Boston Red Sox, though I think some people in Massachusetts might disagree with me, but after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, fans became arrogant, outspoken and in-your-face about their allegiance to the team.
It rubbed people the wrong way, turned off many people who rooted for the once lovable losers and I am sure it wasn’t just New York Yankees fans who smiled a little when Boston crumbled last month. The problem with modern day America however, is being an obsessive fan for a sports team has become the norm; being an obsessive fan of the Guy who created the world? You're simply considered a kook.
I’d wish Tebow luck but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t believe in luck. So instead, Godspeed Tim.