In my previous life I pretty much only listened to one thing on the radio, sports talk. Now, I only listen to two things, sports talk and Catholic radio. And for the first time since I became a catholic I am hearing the same topic time and time again on both formats – Tim Tebow. I cannot believe how much coverage this guy gets. You can’t tell me that it’s just because he’s a quarterback with an unorthodox throwing style and alarmingly low completion numbers who keeps on winning. Plenty of non-prolific passers have gone on to win in the NFL, just think Trent Dilfer with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001. I don’t think I remember anyone taking pictures of themselves “Dilfering” in front of the White House. It must be something other than his football skills, or lack there of, that keeps Tebow on everyone’s radar. Hmmm, what could that be?
Obviously it is the Christian faith that Tebow so proudly displays that seems to be polarizing the nation. People on sports talk say that Tebow shouldn’t begin every press conference by giving thanks to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They say they don’t want “religion” pushed down their throats. What if instead Tebow began his press conferences by thanking his parents for the love, support, and upbringing that they provided him. Would everyone be saying “I don’t like people pushing their parents down people’s throats. His dad didn’t throw a single pass in the game. I’m not sure I even believe in his parents!” Of course no one would say that, in fact everyone would pretty much ignore the comment entirely. On the filp side, what if the Steelers Ben Roethlisberger went into his press conference and thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (in fact he might have, I believe Big Ben is also a Christian)? What would happen then? I’ll tell you what, absolutely nothing. No one would even mention it. I was watching some awards show the other night where Justin Bieber won an award and guess who he thanked first thing – you got it, Jesus Christ. I didn’t hear one mention of it on E!. Of course, that’s probably because I wasn’t watching E!, but I’m reasonably certain it got very little mention, if any at all.
So, why all of the hoopla over Tebow? Lots of other athletes kneel in prayer, or even make the sign of the cross. Lots of other athletes and entertainers thank Jesus Christ. It is rarely ever brought up. What makes Tebow different? The only thing that comes to mind is that, to the best of the general public’s knowledge, Tebow not only talks the talk, but he also walks the walk. The witness that he brings forth is a tough one for people to deal with – he seems to put Christ first in ALL things, and make an effort to get closer to Him every day. It makes us realize our own short comings, which is not a pleasant experience. I’m sure there are people asking around Denver, or snooping around his college alma-mater in Gainesville, FL to try to dig up dirt on him. And if they find any it will make everyone feel better, he’s not perfect after all. Now we don’t all have to be held to that ideal.
The truth is, however, even if someone does come forward with some new piece of juicy gossip about Tim Tebow, all it will mean is what we already know. Tim Tebow is a flawed human being, just like all of us. As far as I can tell he is trying to live his life by growing with Christ, just as we all should. I know that this lifestyle is uncomfortable for the world at large, but Christ did not come to make us comfortable. He came to show us how to live and to make known The Father. The world may try to tear Tim Tebow down, but as long as his faith remains in the Lord, they will not succeed. The love Christ has for each one of us can get us through anything, all you need to do is trust in Him and He will raise you up.
I often hear people ask what would happen if Christ came to earth today and began performing miracles, preaching the gospel, and casting out demons. I think we have an answer – the world would crucify him.