Tim Tebow, Jesus jerseys and faith in the media spotlight

Jerod Clark

Team Jesus
November 17, 2011

Hey if we can have Team Edward and Team Jacob shirts walking around, Isn't is time for 'TEAM JESUS' - Cool I Like it!

BTW 5 is the Biblical number for grace and 3 for divinity so 15 is the biblical number for Divine Grace.

Rob T
November 18, 2011

yea, good stuff.  can't believe they beat the Jets last night.  another heroic come back for Tebow.  And he keeps giving Jesus credit, which is pretty cool.

November 18, 2011

Hopefully Tim Tebow can find a passing arm like John Elway's---he was known to run with authority as well.  Elway, #7, the number of perfection. . . .

Jeff Munroe
November 18, 2011

There is no question that Tebow is a polarizing figure. What's interesting to me is that for every Christian who adores him, there are other Christians who dislike him. I'd be interested in hearing why people think this is so. I asked this question of a friend who both lives in Colorado and is a pastor.  His explanation was that it relates to Tebow's style of play.  Given both Tebow's inability to pass the football accurately and his tremendous size, he runs much more than most quarterbacks and often runs over people.  My friend felt it was the connection of Tebow's physical, almost militant style of play with his demonstrative shows of prayer that many find off-putting, a sort of "muscular Christianity" that seems to take delight in smiting one's enemies.  I am wondering what others think.

November 22, 2011

As a Christian who is certainly not counted in the "pro-Tebow" camp, I'll offer my 2 cents.

My "dislike" of Tebow has very little to do with Tebow himself. It's more about the hero-worship that surrounds him. Tim Tebow is a gifted athlete who accomplished great things in college. However, because of his public displays of faith, his achievements were magnified by an adoring group of Christians searching for... well, I'm not sure what.

Now, it's quite clear that Tebow, while gifted as an athlete, is not an NFL-caliber quarterback. He certainly has the athletic ability to hold his own on a football field, and I believe he'll have a long and successful career (at some position). He's a great leader and a charismatic personality. I applaud his competitive fire and his ability not to take himself too seriously. However, the over-the-top outcry from Tebow's fans demanding that Denver make him the starting QB, despite overwhelming evidence that he was not good enough, really soured me.

I also cannot stand the collective sense of martyrism Tebow's Christian fans have demonstrated. No one can criticize Tebow for anything (including his play) without thousands jumping to his defense and claiming that the critic has an anti-Christian bias. This is absurd and embarrassing to me as a Christian.

I grew up as a fan of the Green Bay Packers, and my favorite player was Reggie White. Like Tebow, he was very outspoken about his Christian faith, and was equally demonstrative on the field. He even served as the pastor of a church. His nickname was The Minister of Defense. But there was no cult-like following. No angry Christian mob protecting him from any criticism. Why? Shouldn't this anti-Christian bias have applied to him, too?

Maybe it's a new bias, then. However, I would venture a guess that more than 50% of the players in the NFL call themselves Christians. Many of those players pray on the field, like Tebow does. If there is really such an anti-Christian bias in the NFL, why aren't these players victims of it, like Tebow (supposedly) is?

November 28, 2011

As a career h.s. coach and teacher, I enjoyed coaching/teaching multi-faceted young people. I appreciate that Tebow runs, in that I like the h.s./college stronger emphasis on the running game, with a QB who not only runs but who blocks upfield (and who makes tackles after throwing interceptions).  I do believe though, that Tebow is going to have his head handed to him if he runs too much as a QB in the NFL. I just don't get all the projection of a Christian hero for the NFL, but I don't think that is of Tebow's making.

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