Tebowing has made its way into many headlines and sidelines of many water cooler talks since the Broncos star began winning football games. He has become the focal point for both praise and criticism alike. One can’t help but notice the split opinion that surrounds this “Christian first” athlete. It seems that America either loves him or hates him and for all the wrong reasons.
I for one have not always been a fan of Tim Tebow, but that was simply because he played for a college other than the University of Texas. Nothing else to really go by, but that seemed good enough for me. However, after Tebow graduated college and entered the NFL draft, people started talking about his faith more than his skills as a football player. While Tebow seems to be an upstanding man of character and poise, it wasn’t those characteristics that got people to talking, contrarily; it was his willingness to stand against abortion at such a critical point in his professional career.
Most athletes or even business professionals today would certainly shy away from such a controversial subject as abortion, but not Tebow. He even took it to what some would call the extreme as he starred in an anti-abortion commercial. You see, Tebow was almost aborted himself when his mother was having terrible difficulty during her pregnancy. Rather than listen to the doctor and save her own life, Tim’s mother chose to follow through and the rest is now making NFL playoff history. Tim has never forgotten his mom’s faith in God and her willingness to surrender his life to Him.
Tebow has decided to put God first in his life rather than succumbing to the temptations of fortune and fame. All too often, Americans tend to focus on idols such as money, sports, drugs, or sex. Worshipping has left the church and found its way into the lives of many, if not all, Americans. Unfortunately, it is this kind of worship that gets you nothing but temporary pleasure and ultimate heartache. Tebowing isn’t something new, it is very old, and Christians have called it praying for thousands of years. Tebowing may sound more intriguing, but he too knows exactly why he does it. It isn’t so we can have a conversation about it tomorrow morning, it isn’t so haters can make fun of such a personal time with God, but it is about giving God the glory for all He has done.
I for one appreciate Tebow’s “God first” approach to life. Love or hate the Broncos, but don’t hate Tim Tebow for being the man God wants him to be. We have plenty of arrogant superstars and it is about time we see a change. Move over Charles Barkley, we know you don’t want to be a role model, but Tim Tebow does.