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God, Tim Tebow, and Big Plans

December 14, 2011

I’m pretty sure 64 percent of bloggers who have even a slight knowledge of football’s existence have already written about Tim Tebow, but I still want to write something. Before I get started, let’s get two things straight:

1. I am a Christian and it’s something that is part of every aspect of my life.

2. I am a Tim Tebow fan, not just because of his faith, but because of his humility and all-around great attitude.

We all know that this season has been crazy for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Tebow has been the starting quarterback for seven games, and won the last six (three of which were during overtime). Yet every commentator, expert, and Monday morning quarterback still doesn’t believe Tebow is a great quarterback. They believe he’s good, but not great. They’re absolutely baffled as to what is going on and how they keep winning.

The logical part of their argument, where you analyze his skill and accuracy alone, proves the experts right. But the scoreboard doesn’t. His game is flawed until the last five or ten minutes of the game, so the conclusion everyone keeps coming to is that he isn’t good enough.*

As soon as the Broncos win, Twitter and Facebook fill up with fans of Tebow and the week after is full of people on ESPN wondering what the heck is going on. Along with all these social network updates and Sportscenter conversations are people talking about Tebow’s faith. So far I haven’t seen anyone actually say that the Broncos are winning because of “God’s favor” or anything like that. All I’ve heard are things like “saying God let the Broncos win is stupid and will hurt Christianity.”

Whoa there. Believing that God can use something like football to change lives will hurt Christianity? So God can use every situation—every little thing—to bring people to Christ, except football? Most people who profess to be a Christian believe that God has His hand in all things. They believe, as I do, that he has planned all things and knows all things.

So why wouldn’t he plan the 2011 football season?

I’m not saying God loves the Broncos or Tim Tebow more than other teams (It’s obvious the Packers are his favorite team). But who are we to say that God hasn’t picked the winners in each of those games, and that he isn’t using those wins for his good and for his glory? The Bible even says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.”

What I’m saying is that I have heard dozens and dozens of interviews and conversations about the Broncos and about Tebow’s faith. I have heard a lot of people talk about not being able to explain how they keep winning and that the statistics make it seem impossible. They talk about his poise and grace under pressure. They talk about his humility and leadership. And they all know that if they ask Tebow how he ended up as the NFL’s most mature and well-liked underdog,** he’ll tell them one thing: God. Each conversation somehow returns to the subject of Tebow’s faith.

Here’s the bottom line: I firmly and unequivocally believe that God has planned out everything good or bad in this world, including the winners of every Super Bowl and last week’s Bears-Broncos game. And I firmly believe that God can use Tebow in any way he wants, including sharing the Gospel from a football field or during a post-game interview.

Personally, I’ve learned not to put limits on what God can do and how he can use any circumstance. So instead of worrying that people will think we’re crazy for believing God can plan out a football game, why not rejoice in the fact that we serve a God that is powerful enough to pay attention to every tiny detail, including the score of the Broncos game? Why not rejoice because God has decided to use a wonderful young man to show that Christ really can change lives?

All of that said, I still think the Packers will win the Super Bowl, but if it comes down to a Broncos-Packers game, I will be quite conflicted.

What do you think of Tim Tebow?

*Someone please name for me a rookie quarterback who came out of the gate ready to transition from college to NFL without a few hiccups? No one comes to mind? Then how about we give Tim Tebow some transition time too. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are MVP quarterbacks.

**Tim Tebow has to be the first Heisman trophy winner and first-round draft pick to ever be considered an underdog.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 4:18 pm

    Great post, Tiffany. I find the buzz around Tebow fascinating and, from a Christian perspective, disturbing. People (e.g.- the media) seem to want to take his faith away from him, when clearly, that is what he wants to be known for. In fact, I’d say Tim would rather be known for his faith than for his amazing quarterback skills. And I personally think that God has made him a “less than stellar” quarterback so that HE can prove his divine ability to work in any situation. Finally, the thing I find most disturbing, is that if Tebow were a Muslim or if he was into Kabbalah, the media would probably be showcasing his faith in their stories. But since he’s an evangelical Christian, they are reticent to talk about what truly makes Tim such a great football player. /end rant

  2. December 16, 2011 12:42 pm

    I think I’ve determined the REAL reason Tebow keeps winning. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with luck, skill, tiger blood or divine intervention. Check out my thoughts here: http://foultalk.wordpress.com/

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