Tim Tebow: Pharisee or Disciple? was the most popular post in the 11 month history of 2thesource.org. The intersection of faith and sports is certainly a hot topic. We achieved the goal of stirring up “robust dialogue.” Thank you for taking part (and feel free to still weigh in). I agree with most of what has been said, Tebow seems like a legitimate and authentic guy, doing his best to live out his faith.
There are some who questioned the point of the blog post, wondering if this was nit-picking about an issue that doesn’t really matter. I don’t believe it was (hence the work I did to write it and post it). The reason behind the post was to attempt to engage us (many of our readers are Christians from our local church) in the dialogue that is happening in our culture when it comes to faith and religion. If the front page of USA Today is talking about how a public figure’s Christian faith is worked out in his life and witness, I believe Christians should be engaged in the discussion in the context of their local church community.
But what about “Tebowing?” There is no question that no one reading this (nor the one writing this) can (or should attempt to) see into Tim Tebow’s heart and discern his motives or dissect every aspect of his personal life and faith. What I do know is that in the 6+ years he has been in the sports spotlight, he has definitely walked the walk. It seems like about 25% of athletes and celebrities invoke the “thank God” card when they succeed at something. But Tebow is definitely a different breed, and his life seems to match his words pretty clearly.
What really got me thinking about this issue in the first place was the Christianity Today article that quoted Kurt Warner. If you remember, back in the late 1990’s, Warner was Tebow before Tebow. The CT article was titled: “Warner to Tebow: tone down the faith talk.” The actual quotes from Warner weren’t as direct as the title made it sound. I’ve heard Warner talk in other venues about Tebow, and his perspective is simply that his younger counterpart should not worry as much about “saying it,” but more long-term about “showing it.” I’ve never been an NFL QB (despite often being mistaken for one), but I’m sure Warner has a legitimate perspective.
The more I’ve been thinking about it throughout the last day or so, the more another text from the Sermon on the Mount has been coming to mind.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Isn’t this what Tim Tebow is doing? He’s definitely not “hiding it under a basket.” I think at the end of the day he is doing his best to live this out. And isn’t that what every Christian is called to do? “This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine.”
Here’s hoping for a Broncos-49ers Super Bowl… (Go 9ers!)