Thought Provoking Thurs:  God, Tebow, and the Super Bowl

Thought Provoking Thurs: God, Tebow, and the Super Bowl

Tebow Fever

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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.

The Bronco’s are now “God’s Team”.

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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?

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This post was inspired by my friend Rajean’s post Tim Tebow:  Touchdown, Jesus! 

8 Responses to Thought Provoking Thurs: God, Tebow, and the Super Bowl

  1. I so agree with many of your points. Tim is young, Who knows what will happen in his future given that he has been handed all this fame and money.
    I really think it is about the media that his faith is such a big deal. Lots of teams pray before they play. Lots of players are Christians. But Tim is an easy story for the media because he is so out there.
    He is not interested in necessarily winning. But in bringing glory to God in whatever he is doing. It bugs me, too, when people pray to win. It’s kind of anti-Jesus
    Because I go to church, I also know horrible people who go to church. That’s too bad. What a bad message they send. And football doesn’t have to be all about that. But in Tim’s case, it’s what makes him good. It reminds me of Chariot of the Gods where they decide that you can’t divorce Eric Liddle’s faith from who he is. In Tim’s case, it doesn’t seem fake.
    b. it is fun to be able to comment on this. Glad you brought it up!!!

    • Very true – Tim is very much out there with his religion and he just seems to convey a good heart and genuine-ness. (making up words now :) ) I hadn’t thought of it before, but I think you are right. Tim’s religion is so much a part of him that you can’t separate the two.

      Thanks for commenting Mary!

  2. Daria, terrific post. Love those that get us thinking and discussing. I found it interesting when Tom Brady’s wife, whose name I will misspell so I’ll leave it out, got press yesterday for her plea to family and friends to start a prayer chain for her husband and his team. Religion in sports is not new. Tim Tebow happens to be the messenger of the moment and his actions on the field are inspiring a flurry of media attention. Like everything else, another story, another day. It may take a football season or two. Thanks for linking to my post! Goal, post! :)

    • I hope the prayers are for everyone to come out of the game healthy and whole rather than for a win. I hadn’t thought of it until some facebook fans and Mary commented – but praying for a win does mean you are praying for someone else to lose. I prefer to pray for everyone to play their best and come out without injury.

      Thank you for starting this conversation Rajean and for commenting here!

  3. I suppose the same thing happens to the people that looked up to the player who shot & killed his girlfriend/baby momma. Tebow is human & if religion guides him & some want to celebrate & acknowledge that it doesn’t take away from those who do not.

    I certainly think he makes a better role model than Lindsay Lohan and her drug problem.

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