Today is the big New England Patriots/ Denver Broncos game. But more importantly, the story line is Tom Brady vs. Tim Tebow. Tom Brady has proven himself on the football field with 3 Superbowl rings. This is Tim Tebow’s rookie year in the NFL. His stats are so/so and he doesn’t have the greatest technique when it comes to skills. Yet he has engineered several 4th quarter come-backs in a row. So what’s the big deal about this game…? Tim Tebow.
You can’t turn on ESPN without hearing about Tim Tebow. What makes him so special? Tim Tebow is very open about his faith and professes it every game he plays in. He reminds me a lot of Kurt Warner in his day. I admire Tebow very much for his faith and I root for him each game. But lately I’ve been a little concerned with some of the overkill media hype with it. I’ve been reading comments lately from other players saying they are sick of hearing about him. Now even preachers from different denominations are starting to call him out.
I like reading inspirational lines on Facebook here and there. Sometimes I will read something that makes me stop and pause my day to reflect on Christ. But then there are other times I find myself getting annoyed with people too when they overdo it. The question I am starting to have is if Tim Tebow is starting to annoy people? Is he turning people away or toward Christianity? The Christian community is loving him and are even calling him God’s quarterback. I hope we aren’t attributing his 4th quarter comebacks to the fact that he loves Jesus. Loving Jesus doesn’t make you win football games.
I know we are to live out a Godly life through our actions just as much as our words. I do believe Tim Tebow lives a Godly life. But I like that Kurt Warner has requested him to tone it down a bit too. I do believe we as Christians need to make sure we are winning hearts to the Lord and being careful that we are not turning them away. What happens if Tim Tebow makes a mistake in life? Does it make Christianity a joke because our fearless spokesperson is a human being? We have a tendency to be judgemental and we need to demonstrate the love of Christ through how we act and treat people. I know for a while I got caught up with being a little judgemental on Facebook with my status updates. I had to check myself after seeing occasional non-Christian friends de-friend me here and there. Yet it was a struggle because I want to be open and honest about who Christ is in my life as well and not hide my faith.
I have no answers to what is right or wrong with the Tim Tebow situation. It has been fun to watch him. But I do think we need to be seeking the Spirit more in guidance in how we portray ourselves to the world. We are to be a shining light to others and that comes from the Holy Spirit working in us. That’s what makes Christianity attractive to those that don’t believe, not our forced actions and words on people.