The Tebow Effect

I am enjoying Tebow’s success in that it crosses the wires of many in the media. I ran across the article…

Column: The anti-Tebow bias isn’t about football [USA Today]

This is an excellent article as to why Tim Tebow may be the focus of the football world right now. This is the end of the article that builds on ex-NFL quarterback Jake Plummer’s suggestion that Tebow “shut up” about his faith in Jesus Christ.

Plummer said what the commentators wouldn’t say. Their dislike for Tim Tebow is not, as they would have us believe, about his throwing motion or his completion percentage; it’s all about his open professions of faith and his goody-two shoes image. When it comes right down to it, we don’t want heroes who are truly good. We want them to fail the occasional drug test or start a bar fight from time to time. It makes us feel better about ourselves. Tebow, however, doesn’t make us feel better about ourselves. People like him make us feel a little convicted about the things we say and do. So we find a reason to dislike them. Or, when Tebow says that glory goes to God and the credit for a victory goes to his teammates, coaches, and family, we are suspicious. An increasingly jaded culture, we don’t believe that anyone can say such things and really mean them.

So we wait.

We wait for evidence that he really isn’t that good. We hope to see him kick a player on the ground, drop an F-bomb on television, or Tweet pictures of his privates. In the meantime, we always have Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky to make us feel better about ourselves.

What I made bold above is right on the money. People are afraid to look at themselves and see imperfection – and when they see someone who seems to have it all, they are torn down. Why? Why would we not want the people with the best character, and the best track record to succeed? Because they are threatening to people’s self-worth. It’s hard to look at yourself and realize you could have done better. It’s hard to look at yourself and all of the bad decisions you have made in the past and how those decisions have affected your status today.

And then there is the added animosity because he is a Christian, and proclaims it continuously. Many say we don’t want his religion crammed down our throat. ‘This is football, not church.’ This is one player out of 500-600 players. How is a proclamation of faith an act of cramming his religion down someone else’s throat? He is not suggesting anyone become a Christian. You never her this sentiment among the Islamic religion…  or Buddism… or Hinduism.

Tebow is smoking out people who hate Jesus Christ. There are plenty of bad quarterbacks to talk about in the league. The are plenty of success stories in the league. He is the only one actively proclaiming Jesus Christ, and somehow he is getting all of the attention.


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