There were a ton of articles about Tebow as the Broncos headed into the playoff games. Some were complimentary and focused on how refreshing it is to have a role model that exudes good character – others were more cutting and mocked Tebow’s signature move of praying to God after each successful pass. Regardless of which side you fall on, there is no denying Tebow fever is rampant.
I get it.
I get why he’s the focus of so much buzz.
He’s young, good looking, charismatic – but most of all he’s not a rapist, drug addict or yet another athlete using his influence to get away with criminal activity.
I know that parents are relieved to have a decent role model for their children ~ to bring Tebow’s name into conversations as an example of respectable success. A shining example that:
Good guys don’t always finish last.
I get the appeal. I too am tired of news about our icons screwing up. The drugs, the rapes, the battering, corruption, theft, and even murder. It is seemingly never ending and beats down on our ability to believe in the good in people. We are parched, trying to make it through a drought – a drought of goodness and faith rather than one of water, but a drought on our souls nonetheless.
In walks a tall glass of water – Tebow.
It all sounds fabulous – you may think that I should jump, or have already jumped, onto the Tebow bandwagon. But, while I get the appeal, I am frustrated. Frustrated, not at Tebow, but at us – the public that isn’t content with appreciating a good guy and leaving it at that. In our desperation for good news we insist on putting this man on a pedestal. And it doesn’t stop there.
God & Football
Plenty of players pray before games. Plenty of thanks are given to God and Allah and any number of other divinities. But ,we aren’t fascinated with them. We aren’t scrutinizing every player that prays like we are Tebow. We don’t say that God has an interest in the outcome of their football games.
It bothers me that we have to bring God into it. Why can’t we just appreciate Tebow’s great qualities and focus on those? Why do we have to make it divine intervention?
Let’s take a step back for a second…this is football. And yet, it seems football is forgotten.
In the playoffs, Tom Brady not only brought his team to victory, but the Patriots pummeled the Broncos. But watching the photographers after the game, you would never have known Tom Brady was the winning quarterback. Tebow was swarmed by photographers all trying to get a shot of him, in his face, following him like he was the Messiah. Kudos to Tebow, he never let any annoyance show. Me? Well, it would take divine intervention for me to remain calm with a rabid pack of reporters snapping at my heels.
Perhaps I’ve gotten a little off track. This has become more of a stream of consciousness post, than one with a defined conclusion. And since this series is called Thought Provoking Thursday rather than Food for Thought Friday, I’d better wrap it up before Thursday is over.
But as we head toward Super Bowl weekend, let’s talk about the following questions:
- Why is Tebow’s religion garnering so much attention? If religion is that important why aren’t we highlighting other players’ religious beliefs?
- If Tebow weren’t religious, but everything else remained the same – donations to charity, no drugs or clubbing highlights – would he be as popular? I’d guessing not and that saddens me. Why can’t we celebrate someone being a good person without religion? I know very bad people that go to church multiple times a week. At the same time, I know very good people that don’t have religious beliefs, but are very moral and ethical. Shouldn’t that be what matters?
- Celebrities are people. Some good. Some bad. But, at the end of the day they all put their pants on one leg at a time. What happens when Tebow shows that he’s human? What happens to all those kids that have been told to look up to him when the pedestal crumbles?
- And most importantly, who do you think God’s rooting for this weekend?
This post was inspired by my friend Rajean’s post Tim Tebow: Touchdown, Jesus!