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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
On the lighter side...
When the Denver Broncos announced during their bye week that Tim Tebow would be the new starting quarterback, I said a little prayer for him. I have kept an eye on all the news stories about how Tebow can't play in the NFL; that his decision-making is not good enough; that his quarterback mechanics are too awkward; that he just doesn't have it. And I wonder aloud if all the criticism of Tebow is because of his ability or because he is a strong Christian man. I have seen other quarterbacks who have fundamental problems who make it in the NFL, the critiques of them are not as harsh. But then again, if they are Christians, nobody knows about it. With Tebow, it is a different story.
Think about this: According to Bloomberg last September, Tebow set a record for rookie jersey sales, by a long shot. Bloomberg's Eric Matuszewski wrote, "While the league doesn't disclose sales totals, the former University of Florida quarterback logged the most jersey orders since 2006, the first year NFLShop.com joined with GSI Commerce Inc. to expand its online store. Tebow's sales totals eclipsed the previous draft-weekend record of Sanchez, who in 2009 was the first quarterback taken by the Jets with a top-five pick since Joe Namath." Even though the analysts and the announcers are highly critical of Tebow, he has something that causes people to take notice.
I believe that "something" is his uncompromising faith. Here he is last week down 15-0 with a little over five minutes left in the game. All the announcers are bemoaning his incompetence as an NFL quarterback. Then something clicks and he leads his team to an overtime victory. Tebow gives God the glory. He appears to me to be humble, yet strong in his faith. And from all I have heard, his teammates love him, he elevates those around him. With all the criticism leveled at him, he stays positive and his responses to the media are always upbeat, non critical of his detractors. For a young man just out of college, he is under a lot of pressure. Yet, to date, he has handled it all like a true Christian man.
People ask me every day what they can do to make a difference in this country. We are tired of the politics, the scandals, the ripping apart of our national heritage of God, family and country. Jesus said in Matthew 10:33, "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." As Christians we have a calling on our lives to preach the gospel to every creature; to be salt and light to a dark and dying world. Tim Tebow is an example of how we can do that. We need to be men and women of faith, knowing the right thing to do and doing it. If we could all just do that every day, those around us would eventually see the light.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!