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I'm Embarrassed By Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow makes no apologies about it.
He is a believer of Jesus Christ and even has his own patented prayer move.
He makes a lot of Christians happy.
He makes a lot of Christians nervous.
I’ll admit, I have said a few times things like…
“Take it down a notch Tebow.”
My friends and I sometimes watch what he does through our fingers, as if watching a scary movie.
He sings Lord I Lift Your Name On High on national television.
He gets mocked on SNL for pulling the God card in every single thing he says.

He prays to God to win a football game, as if somehow God cares about the outcome of the game.
[stepping back from lightening bolt you real football fans think is about to strike]
Kurt Warner, the former highest level offender, even took opportunity to tell Tebow to turn it down a notch…

Then yesterday happened.
I was suddenly proud of Tebow.
I was like… “Look at that great Christian role model! I’m a fan!”

I’m such a #$@@* hypocrite.
So no. I’m not embarrassed by Tim Tebow.
I should be embarrassed by Carlos Whittaker.
My embarrassment is not about Tim Tebow. It’s always about ME.
What people will think of ME.
Because no matter how cheesy…
No matter how brash…
He is 100% more open about his faith on a daily basis than I am.
The nervous feeling that we get is not wanting him to embarrass US as opposed to Christ.
Truth is…Christ is more embarrassed by Christians who are embarrassed by Tim Tebow, than anything Tebow will ever do.

What is your take on athletes/celebrities and their God talk?
Are actions louder than words?
Or can words be enough since we truly never see the lives behind the words anyways?

Los

  • Nailed it, Los.

    • Lisa Johnson

      Yes you did!

    • Deneen

      I agree…you nailed it.

    • word up

    • Ms_LMP

      On the mark!

      • Tim Tebow is not praying to win a football game. He is praying thanking God for the opportunity to play and that all players play without any injuries. This is not new check the background on Tim Tebow. Look and see what he does on his past time. Nothing is never said about the ones pointing to the sky and carrying on, then you read abut the next week in the newspaper. As far a quarterbacks he might not have the greatest form but guess what guys he is getting the job done.

    • Rick

      I am embarrassed too! I am embarrassed that people are so shallow that they can not allow this man to speak his mind! I wonder why these shallow creatures have such little conviction in their opinions and beliefs that they must try to steal this man’s freedom of speech. Remember when we were allowed freedom of speech, religion and expression? Put a sock in it you cheap shallow shills of human beings!

    • Definitely on point.

  • Man, I am with you. Drew Brees loves Jesus, just as much, but it’s like Warner said “his teammates do his talking.” He doesn’t do it like Tebow, but that doesn’t mean he loves Jesus less. I think Tebow sucks at football and dont like him for his lack of throwing ability.

    I also am tired of all of my “Christian” friends, giving me a hard time for not liking him. Troy Polamalu loves Jesus, but lost yesterday, so is God’s eternal plan to only use Tebow?

    • Jonathan O

      Hey Ben, I think you may want to re-read the post…?

      I’m not sure you’re really “with Los” on this after reading your reply.

      Unless I’m reading your reply wrong, which there’s always that possibility… it seems like you’re stoking the fire of those who continue to bash Tebow for his outspoken faith.

      • ya. I read that completely wrong. can we delete my comment please?

    • bravo mike

      HEY I SAY LOVE JESUS AND PRAISE HIM WHERE AND WHEN EVER YOU WANT. IT IS HIS PRAISE TO GOD AND I WOULD NEVER GET BETWEEN SOME ONE AND GOD. HOW IS IT THAT THE WORLD IS SO OFFENDED BY THIS???? I COMMEND HIM TO PRAISE GOD HOW EVER HE WANTS I JUST LOVE IT.

      • Beverly Carr

        amen!!!

    • Kyle

      AMEN!!

    • John

      “sucks at footbal and don’t like him for his lack of throwing ability” Huh? I guess he cleared that up in yesterday’s game, and GAME WINNING throw against the Stealers! Sort of like saying Steve Jobs doesn’t know how to sell computers. IMHO

      • Tim

        Technically, you don’t need to be good at football for one good throw just like Steve Jobs didn’t need to be good at selling computers to sell just one.

      • Jordan

        Jobs didn’t sell comouters. he sold a lifestyle.

        • Jordan

          for some re

        • Jordan

          clearly it’s a great lifestyle since my iPhone just turned computers into comouters and freaked out and sent my reply mid-post.

      • Bill

        Steelers, retard, not “stealers.” Obviously you don’t watch football.

    • Todd

      He can’t throw, but he throws an 80 yd touch down pass in OT to win the game ? Can you ? Lol.
      No, God doesn’t really care who wins the game, but he does bless and honor those who love him and stand up for him faithfully.

      The only thing Tim does is be Tim and live his faith out loud! Everybody else are the ones making a big deal.

      Celebrate the fact that he uses the platform he has to honor Christ. I don’t see a problem.

  • I’m so glad to read something like this.

    I don’t think God cares about football games. Tebow doesn’t think so either. I care that he is so open and honest about his faith. He’s an inspiration to me and many others.

    • Elliott

      God probably doesn’t care about football, but He does care about us…and if we can live out our faith on a football field, then God cares about football as a vehicle to live for Him.
      I’m not sure, but I think I just quoted Facing the Giants.

      • jodi

        *like*

  • So dang true. Very insightful to realize that I’m not embarrassed by his actions, I’m embarrassed for myself. As if the whole nation thinks, “Oh, now I think less of (insert your name here), too.” Great stuff

  • MaryAnne

    Ahhh, Los…

    yep…he can keep on praising…and living it…because from what I have seen, he does live it. Besides, in the crazy world of professional sports…I hope that his words actually touch hearts.

    My concern is for those who worship Tebow…not God.

    (and I am pretty sure Tebow feels the same way)

    • Mitch

      Totally agree….I have nothing against Tebow or what he does. I just have a problem with the professing believers I know that treat him like he is the second coming of Christ. Good for him for being proud and vocal about his faith, but careful to those that make him out to be more than he is…a human.

  • I am proud of any Christian who screams that they love God without fear of offending anyone. I don’t watch football but that man makes me want to. There are too many weak “Christians” in this world. Claim Him, love Him, and share your love for Him with anyone who will listen!

  • I love Tebow! (now that he’s not playing AGAINST Bama! :)) But seriously, I love his heart and attitude and how he is so unashamed and seemingly so unaffected by all the negativity that has surrounded him. I love how people say awful things about him and he says “God bless you”. That’s so biblical. So loving. So REFRESHING. Heck, we don’t even do that to people we disagree with in the church! I have no problem with him sharing his faith openly. Good grief, why should I? It’s who he is. It’s what I should do. I followed him in college ball too so – although not perfect – I think it’s obvious he’s living his faith as well.

  • Douglas Haines

    And, thankfully, he can win games. No one likes it when a Christian that sucks at what they do and gives God the credit for it. Probably not even Jesus.

  • Leslie

    So good.

  • Kenneth Mullins

    Nailed it. And nailed me….I am just as guilty.

  • I think the very fact that we have elevated our professional athletes and other celebrities to these pedestals makes me nervous. Because regardless of the fact that faith is a personal thing, regardless of how good an example of a Christian a celebrity might be one day, what happens when they fail? What happens if they stumble?

    The whole world will jump on their backs and criticise them way worse than when you (ok, maybe not Los, maybe he’s too close to the celebrity mark) or I fail, and I already feel pretty horrible when close friends or family call me on something. What if I had the whole world breathing down my neck waiting for me to slip?

    That’s what makes me nervous about celebrity Christians. Not their public actions to affirm their faith, but their private actions that get dragged out into the public light that may only serve to show that they are still indeed human but are used to drag down their faith and trample it in the dirt.

    • Jerry E. Giger, DMA

      Athletes have been doing it for years. Why criticize Tebow now?

      • Athletes have been actively, publicly assuming a kneeling position in order to pray during their respective sport for years?

        Interesting. Guess I just don’t follow the right kind of sports.

        As well, I’m not criticising Tebow. I’m not a football fan (or at least not NFL – I *am* Canadian after all).

        I’m just explaining that I feel nervous about *any* celebrity Christian for when they make a mistake (as is bound to happen since we’re all human). It’s bad enough to have people you personally know call you on an error, mishap or slip-up, but to have complete strangers criticise you and then use your mistake to claim that your faith was never real in the first place? That’s rough.

        • Sonya

          Funny, how we let other people determine if our faith is real. 🙂 They will always look for something to say “Aahhahh” about so they can dismiss faith in something bigger than themselves. It is scary to them, and it should be if our God is truly God.

          I am not nervous for Tim Tebow. He will make a mistake, as you said, we all do. And when he does, it will be one more opportunity to demonstrate that he has faith in a real God who forgives and continues to love us, helps us in our weakness and cares about us when we lose. 🙂

        • David

          If you get a chance to watch much NFL Football you will see, on those occasions that the cameras choose to show it, that at the end of EVERY game, Christian athletes from both teams meet and kneel at midfield to give thanks to god if no one was badly injured or to pray for anyone who was. (and, of course, for whatever they feel a need to pray for in their hearts) So YES, for years!

  • dave u

    Damn. Truth. I saw it coming a mile away. It still hit me right between the eyes. #15 seems to receive great favor. After all, he is a mile closer to God than most of us. Lol. Seriously, truth was just spoken by you, bro.

  • Dustin Pulliam

    Awesome post Los!!! Appreciate your honesty and boldness!!!

    “God rewards character, not reputation.”-Donal Miller

  • Carlos this is a great post. Tebow should make us ask ourselves, “Is Christ embarrassed of us, are we embarrassed of Him or is it both?”

  • I think that as long as he backs up his words with how he chooses to live his life, being so open is great. I have no problem with celebs/athletes being open about what they believe, but I hate when it’s clear from their actions that they just pay God lipservice. I also hate that I’m really good at saying the right things but not so great at living my life according to what I say.

    • Rob

      I have felt and said the same things before, but isn’t that saying only prefect Christians (i.e. no one) should proclaim their faith? Or that we should proclaim it quietly enough that we won’t look too bad if things go bad?

      What are we worried about? If Tebow completely screws up and absolutely falls flat on his face, God will still be God. I think we’re more concerned about God’s PR than He is.

  • Absolutely! Great post. Well put.

  • jen

    Good take on this, Los.
    I don’t knock Tebow over his very vocal proclamation of faith. I’m not his fan because he beat my Buckeyes in the national championship & has now beaten my Steelers in the playoffs – has absolutely nothing to do with his faith or demonstration of it.
    What DOES kill me though, are all the sports fans that presume other athletes aren’t Christians just because they aren’t as vocal as Tebow.

  • I agree with you completely, Tim Tebow is the real deal. Christians who are embarrassed by him and want him to tone it down are probably embarrassed by the Jesus Freak reputation they might get by association. Tebow is authentic and what he does every day on the field and in the media takes great courage. How else is he supposed to live his faith out “at work” than by doing what he is doing? Thanks for writing this post Los.

  • Lee

    I must agree with you Carlos. I have done the same thing over the last month. “Take it down a notch or 20 Tim.” I would justify my thought process over his overt “public” prayerful display with 70,000 plus people watching, not to mention the millions watching on tv, while reflecting on Christ’s Words from Matthew 6:5. I also reflect on I Thessalonians 5:18 when he wins, at the press conference, he says, I’d like to thank Jesus and when he loses, at the pc, I haven’t heard him give thanks. So, I began to be embarrassed.

    This is more about what’s wrong with me than with what is wrong with him.

    On a side note though, He displayed true leadership, poise and humility last night. I felt like I was watching a football player who is a believer, instead of a believer who plays football. To me there has been a difference. Outside of that, why am I concerned? I should judge not lest I be judged…IN THE SAME WAY.
    Thank you Tim for being unashamed and consistent. Also, great game last night man.

    • Jerry E. Giger, DMA

      I agree

    • Alyssa

      I agree with you as well

  • Well said.

    Thanks for being transparent.

  • Oh thank goodness, I read your headline and was gonna blow my top. I was not a Tebow fan when he was at Florida, but now I sure am. He’s nothing but inspiring to me in my faith and walk with Jesus. I suppose it’s a good thing that he’s got people talking about God at all, whether or not Tebow’s faith makes a difference in a game, but I’m annoyed by Christians taking shots at other Christians over their fandom and faith. God cares about our character, including Tebow’s and Warner’s and Polamalu’s and if He wants to affect a football game to one way or another to grow or test someone’s character, why couldn’t He? To say that God can’t care about football (or more specifically it’s players and everyone watching) AND all the suffering of the world is to make God fit in a box.

  • my problem has never really been with Tebow, but more with those who have made an idol of him. i really hope if Tebow ever makes a truly human mistake, those that have set him up as an example don’t kick him when he’s down.

    • This! This is what I was trying to say above.

  • I agree so much, I could have written this myself…

  • Awesome post. I was wondering where you were going with that for a second. 😉

  • Los,
    Good for you. I am of the conviction that a believer has the freedom to do whatever he is led to do as long as it meets the criteria:
    It is from the Word of God . . .
    It is of the Holy Spirit . . .
    It doesn’t draw attention to himself(her). . .
    It doesn’t put down other beliefs . . .
    And it doesn’t violate any NFL rules as excessive display of celebrating the game during regular periods . . .
    Whatever Tim or any other athlete chooses to do ought be and act of worship . . . isn’t that what every follow of Jesus ought to do anyway?

    • Brian O

      I think #3 of your criteria is the issue in question. Personal opinion.

      • Phronsie Howell

        The thing is, would Tebow be doing this if he wasn’t the QB? Yes. So based on that, you can kind of see that he’s not doing it to draw attention to himself. The biggest reason it gets shown all the time is because 1) he’s the QB and 2) it’s Tebow (who was on a pro-life ad and is a decent player).

  • Great post, I’m a Tebow fan myself. The dude is probably the 20th best quarterback in the league by pure “quarterback standards” but he is a WINNER. I love the intensity, I’m not a father yet, but if and when I have a son it wouldn’t bother me one bit if he had some of the characteristics of Tim Tebow, the ones we can see in public anyway. He’s got the potential to go down as one of the greatest role models in professional sports, I’ll take that over “best quarterback to ever play the game” any day.

    • Shannon

      Absolutely! My 16 yr old high school QB son has loved Tim Tebow for years(through Florida and into Denver)…and I am so thankful he has someone like this to look up to!

      • That’s awesome, I’ve been an Ohio State buckeyes fan my whole life… needless to say I wasn’t a Tebow fan until AFTER he quick beating up on my buckeyes 😉

  • yankeegospelgirl

    If I may say so, this is the best thing you’ve ever written. I’m pleasantly surprised. Agree 100%

  • I like Tim Tebow, because more than anything, he is being true to the person he is. He is vocal about his faith, but I don’t remember ever hearing him say that everyone should do things just like he does. We are not all the same, and we all represent our faith differently.

    And I don’t think he’s doing what he does for the cameras.

    I had no idea that some of the other sports figures that are saying Tebow should tone it down were Christians. That alone says a lot.

    Does God help Tim Tebow win football games? I don’t think He divinely influences the actual outcome of the games. However, God did help to shape Tebow into the athlete and competitor that he is. And that kind of athlete and competitor is the kind that wins, and inspires those around him to be great. If you doubt the difference that one confidence-inspiring player can make to an entire team, just look at the Indianapolis Colts this year.

    • Alyssa

      I agree it you!!!

  • Hit. Nail. Head.

  • I’m proud of Tim Tebow and what he does/says. He stands for what he believes in and doesn’t budge in the face of many, many critics.

  • Hmm…well, I understand where you’re coming from, Los. But I’m still with Warner that Tebow would “take it down a notch.” Not b/c he embarrasses me, but b/c Jesus said that prayer should be done in private. I don’t doubt that Tebow is sincere, or that he lives the faith he espouses. But the “Tebow-ing” by the postgame show (hey, remember when we used to call that “praying”?) was even more offensive than the football players who did it to mock Tebow. It wasn’t just a taunt in the heat of play; it staged for a joke, and it trivialized the idea of prayer.

    This entire flap about Tebow is just so sad, because IT IS ALL ABOUT TEBOW. Are people talking about God? No! (Hey, do you realized that Tebow threw for 316 yards yesterday? 316!!! Coincidence???

    Um…yes, completely.)

    And I don’t mean to blame Tebow for all this. From everything I have seen, he has always handled himself with grace. Which is precisely why I wish he would tone it down. It would be the graceful thing to do. Tebow’s demonstrations of his faith have become something all about Tim Tebow instead of the One he is giving thanks to. Which I’m sure is not something the young man ever intended.

    • Completely disagree. The basis of your argument is built on a false premise. He doesn’t act that way to get people to look at him. He acts that way because it is who he is and has always been. I saw him play for the first time as a senior in high school and what you see is who he was then. The reason so many people misinterpret his motives is because we are so jaded and cynical that the idea of someone simply living Jesus that much is a foreign concept to us.

      • Brian O

        There is no way that any of us could know what his intentions are, but whether it was to bring attention to himself or not, John’s point is that that’s what happened. And knowing that, the “graceful” (in John’s words) thing for Tim to do would be to “tone it down”. Once something that is intended to bring glory to God becomes a “cool fad”, it’s purpose has been lost. Yes we should all be more bold in our faith. No, Tim should not at all be less bold. But starting (and in this case, continuing) a fad is not the way to do that.

        • call me old fashioned, but if there is a downside to kids acting more humble, gracious and selfless not to mention the negative stigma towards prayer being undone in a society where self promotion and blatant narcissism are the norms, i’m not seeing it. Those are “cool fads” I can handle.

          • Kevin H

            Why is it that people want Tebow to tone it down? I think Los’ point and what I think should be the response is for the rest of us Christ followers to ” tone it UP”!! People are always misusing the praying in your closet verse. Should I stop praying at restaurants before dinner because I am in public? Nope. And if someone notices me doing it -great!! Maybe it will give me an opportunity to share my faith.

            Thanks for your honesty, Los!!

            And Keep it up Tebow!! May we all be as bold!!!

          • Word. Well said, Kevin.

        • Rod

          To say that once something becomes a fad we should stop doing isnt realistic. you think he should stop doing it because people are doign it as a fad. are you saying that everyone who wears a cross necklace is a christian. if not should we stop wearing them since they have become a piece of jewelry to others.

    • RUTHDCE

      Great point, John! I had this a similar discussion with a few of the junior high athletes in my Bible study yesterday morning who chose to “Tebow” during our closing prayer. As long as the outward action is consistant with the inward attitude, great! But as I cautioned these students, as soon as it becomes disrespectful or distracting to another person – beleiver or not – it’s wrong and inappropriate as Caddiechaplain stated earlier. If it’s not pointing others to Christ, take it down a notch…until it is!

    • Rob

      You, me, all Christians need to tone it up, and quit worrying what others think about us. I’d be proud for folks to see me praying in public like he does. My son always prays on the pitchers mound, and could care less what anyone thinks. Time for Christians to step it up a notch. glad we have someone who does.

  • God isn’t interested in a football game?

    Doesn’t He delight in our welfare?
    Doesn’t He want good for His children?
    Doesn’t He use the affairs of man for His purposes?

    God can use the outcome of even a football game (with or without Tim Tebow) to help others. Consider all the Super Bowl merchandise that is sold. Those are usually made overseas, by people who use their salaries to feed their families – I think God could use football to help them out, too.

  • Christ is more embarrassed by Christians who are embarrassed by Tim Tebow, than anything Tebow will ever do.

    God, I hope not.

  • Brianna

    I love what Tebowing is doing! However, I hate the term “Tebowing”, last time I checked it was called praying. That is the only thing about it that bothers me. Has he actually said that he prays to win the game???? Personally, I would call that for a very selfish and superficial prayer. I like to think that he is praying for God to keep he and everyone else safe and that of Gid can use him during that game, take it and run(no pun intended). I wish all Christians would be that open with their faith ad praise God for him for setting an example and raising the bar.

    • Brianna

      Ha ha, and I love that autocorrect changed it to Tebowing the first time it was just supposed to be Tebow.

    • It’s called “Tebowing” because of his propensity to do it (pray) while everyone around him is busy doing something else, in this case playing football. The photos of people “Tebowing,” when done well, are of people dropping to one knee to pray while all around them people are going on about their business. If you’ve seen any of those, they’re pretty hilarious. 🙂

      He has said mostly that he isn’t praying to win; he’s thanking God for the blessing of success, being able to play football for a living, allowing him to live his dreams, etc.

  • twice in his life the number one google search while he is paying in front of a national TV audience has been John 3:16. BOOM. The gospel.

  • I want to be just like Tim Tebow (in fact, that’s the title of my latest post)! He is unashamed and passionate about his love of Jesus…taking none of the glory for himself, but constantly pointing back to Christ. I’m not even a football fan, but I love Tim Tebow!!!

  • Charlie

    Good words! To answer your question, “Or can words be enough since we truly never see the lives behind the words anyways?” Of course words can’t be enough. Just like any other Christian, words need to be backed up by the way he is living. And I know we can’t actually see Tebow’s life besides what he does on the football field, but I feel like people would come out in a heartbeat to tear him down if he didn’t live up to what he talks about on camera.

    I think the comment from Kurt Warner about Tebow needing to “tone it done” is bad advice. In that article that you tagged in your post, Kurt says, “‘You can’t help but cheer for a guy like that,’ former NFL star Kurt Warner said. ‘But I’d tell him, ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living.'” I can’t disagree with Kurt anymore! Especially when he says he needs to “put down the boldness in regard to the words…” I know where he is coming from, but that is one of the reasons I admire Tebow. He isn’t afraid to be BOLD with his words.

  • Michelle

    Best post…EVER! We need to be UNASHAMED of our faith and our Jesus. He (Tebow) is not shoving it down people’s throats. He is proclaiming what he believes with his whole heart. I just pray that I would be as BRAVE as he as been. And the boy has critics. I don’t think he cares and I LOVE that about him.

    “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 5:10

  • Another great post, Carlos! It’s all been a fascinating journey here in Denver. I worked with Tim last spring at a fund raising event, and he seemed like the real deal.

    Today’s top Google trend is John 3:16. That’s a good day.

    http://www.google.com/trends

  • j000

    why do ppl assume he prays to God to “win a football game”?? so when he loses what does that make God out to be? or what does that make Tebow out to be? because his faith was not strong enough? because he didnt pray hard enough?

    its unfounded comments like that which brings unneeded negativity towards Tebow and negative perception from non-supporters and non-Christians.

    • Tammy J

      My thoughts exactly! Perhaps he prays to do his best, or for safety for all the players. Its not our business. He is talking to God.

    • Leanne

      uHH……. Not that what he is praying about is the point… But people probably assume he is praying to win a football game because he is on the football field before the game praying! What else would someone assume he is praying about? That people will get saved through faith in Christ and live their lives obediently to him?? Probably not so much. In which case, glory is not given to whom it should be. GOD!!! Use your noggin

      • Phronsie Howell

        What else would someone assume he’s praying about? How about safety. Or thanking God for the opportunity to play. Etc.

  • excellent Carlos, this is exactly why I keep following your tweets: you embarras me – about me.

  • Cheshire

    Perhaps you should apply a little perspective. There’s a reason he’s making you groan. What about those people of different sexual orientations that take every opportunity to remind you about it? How about the guy who’s hyper motivated as a salesman and is constantly pitching at you or looking for recommendations for more people to pitch to? Or the career soldier constantly expecting military efficiency from all the people he associates with?
    These are also deeply personal attributes in a person. As close as you can get to the heart. But when someone takes their self dedication and constantly parades it around, it’s much like a child saying ‘look at me’ at the top of their lungs. That is to say childish.
    Some people have yet to learn that this is now a society where the louder you say something, the less likely people are to appreciate it. Everyone has their own little quirks now that we’re all fighting against normal. ‘Living out loud’ now becomes just ‘living loud’ where loud here means ‘disruptive and arrogant’.
    If you want to represent something, do it quietly. Wear the colors. Throw up the sign. End a conversation with a shout out. I’m sure he gets enough TV time that if they miss one ‘praise the lord’ they’ll catch the next.
    Religion isn’t surging because of how loud you’re announcing it, it’s because of how much good you do. Keep up the good work. And keep it down over there I’m trying to read.

  • Great thoughts as always, Los. One correction though: Tebow doesn’t pray to win the game. He talks about prayer in his book (awful, by the way). He’s praying for protection: of his body from injury and of his soul from pride and arrogance. He says he’s not sure God cares one bit about the score. But Tebow’s knows God cares about HIM. Thought that was profound – maybe the only profound thing in that boy’s book ; )

  • I think your wrong. I have never heard him nor heard about him specifically praying for “his” football team to win. The media and the SNL folks are obviously gonna have fun at his expense, but I guess that’s part of being a public figure!

  • Geaux Tigers

    Well, let me first say, I’m a obnoxious LSU fan from birth, and the vengeful “take-that!” cellphone-to-the-ear image I have of Tebow during Fla.’s game against The Tigers his senior year was far from the Golden Christian Boy image he cloaks himself in these days. That said, I’m obnoxiously far from perfect, and like him, I’m just trying to be the best gosh-darn Christian I can be. And because I admire and respect Kurt Warner, despite the fact that he holds Tebow in ridiculously high esteem, I am happy to know that even Kurt thinks he’s a bit over the top.

    • Rob

      How can a Christian displaying his love for Christ be over the top? Need to read his book about how cruel the LSU fans were to him and his family. You might not care for LSU anymore. I thought Georgia fans were bad. LOL

  • Amen, Carlos! I don’t often agree with you 100% on your posts (though I always appreciate your honesty), but this time I do. I have heard many Christians who have expressed that Tebow “should tone it down,” and I confess even I have cringed a bit at times as he prays on the bench during games. I mean couldn’t he at least sing some Jesus Culture or Hillsong United, instead of my parent’s favorite praise song, “Lord I lift your name on high?” But you know what? The dude loves Jesus. Not in a sophisticated, post-modern way, but it seems in a simple, true way. I think that’s a beautiful thing. He’s reaching way more people than most of us will with our carefully crafted, socially-relevant, palatable gospel. I mean 3:16 is trending on Twitter today! Shame on me and shame on Christians for feeling that Tim Tebow is too bold in declaring his love for Jesus.

  • Leta J

    I think God cares about football games, because he cares about us. I don’t think he cares if we win or lose, but what character we exhibit before, during and after the games.

  • L.

    Well, I’m not embarrassed by Tebow, and I think he has the best intentions,

    but…

    but I’d advise him to tone it down a notch because it has become, unintentionally, more about him and less about Christ. That’s why Christ said to do your prayers in private and not out in the open like the Pharisees with their “I’m more holy than you” attitudies. As for me, well, I don’t have to be just like Tebow because his style is not mine. I’m open about my faith, just in a more reserved “me” kind of way.

    • Brian O

      I COMPLETELY agree with you, especially on the first part. I don’t believe his intentions were to make things about him but that’s exactly what it is about. Notice that no one here is talking about the glory of God, or how good God is, or what God is doing for Tim Tebow, the man (as opposed to the quarterback). We’re talking about Tim Tebow’s actions and glorifying the way he handles his personal relationship with God. Not that it’s a bad thing to admire someone else’s walk but the purpose of that should be to enhance your own, not to start some kind of sports-related fad (“Tebowing”) or twitter hashtag. I do not, by any means, feel that as Christians, we should hide our faith but there’s a fine line between not being ashamed of the gospel and being show-y about it. Jesus is not a fad. He’s the savior of the world! Let’s not cheapen the glory of God to a cute response to a touchdown.

      • Leanne

        Well said!! Best thread on here!

    • Actually, Christ didn’t say that. What he said was about motivation. Don’t pray out in the open SO THAT you will be noticed by others. I don’t think being noticed is Tim’s motivation. I think he takes the whole “without ceasing” thing pretty dang seriously.

      • L

        I believe you and I are actually saying the same things.

        • Phronsie Howell

          I don’t see how you’re saying the same thing though. I might just not see it but what I understand you to be saying is that Tebow needs to take it down a notch because people are making it about him and not Christ. What Shaun said is that Tebow isn’t doing it to be noticed.

          Personally I don’t think he needs to take it down a notch because that’s just who he is and taking it down a notch would be caring more about what people think than what God thinks. But I could just be crazy…

  • Pat

    Well who shall we sit in judgment over today. It’s fun to sit back and scratch our heads over this our brothers offensive behavior, this gaudy show of obviously false whatever. Pleas get off his back. Let the lad grow in his faith, and his game. So react to this question, what’s your answer to the non-believer friend when they ask why you don’t have His praise constantly in your speech? Faith is action. Words and deeds. Spirit and truth. So can we just take a deep knee bend watch the sacrificial sheep get slaughtered by Brady to the glory of God.

  • Christians seem so afraid to offend. We need to all be like Tebow! BTW, I heard him say in an interview that he does not pray to win. He prays no one gets hurt, he thanks God for this opportunity to play football, etc. I’m praying for Tim Tebow, because I know he is not walking an easy path. Let’s be like him and not hide our faith.

  • As a diehard Vol fan…yes, yes, I know, have pity…I can’t say I really liked Tebow much in college. But as his senior year went on, I grudgingly had to give it to the guy…even though he was a Gator…he wasn’t evil.

    I kind of see him like David…dancing for all he was worth in front of God and e’erbody. Michal mocked him for it and we all know what she got for doing THAT.

    My point? You, me, ESPN…none of us have the ability to judge the heart of a man. So where Tebow is concerned (especially since I’m quite sure that none of us here know him personally) we might want to be a bit slower to speak. If you’re nervous about what he’s doing…pray for him. You should be doing that anyway, as well as any other leader/celebrity who’s “come out” as a Christian.

    You’ve got to admit, Tebow might not be the typical NFL quality quarterback…but the dude has garnered tons more attention than Drew Brees ever thought about. We SHOULD be praying that he doesn’t fall down and take a bunch of starry-eyed youngsters with him.

    IMHO. Peace.

    • JaxFost

      I like this thought. I wonder what the balance is between the “pray in your closet” scripture and the “dance like David danced” concept? After all, David was considered a man after God’s own heart. Something to chew on.

      • Motivation is the balance. Jesus said that the Pharisee and Sadducees “loved” to pray in the marketplace/street (whatever, I can’t remember the exact wordage on that part but you get my drift) so that they could be seen as pietous and therefore “holy” men. Men who had a direct line with God that the “great unwashed” could never hope to gain access too.

        I don’t think this is the type of attitude at the root of Tebow’s outward demonstrations. I think/hope it comes from an overflow of love and exuberance for God and His blessings on Tebow’s life. But then, as I said earlier, I don’t know the guy personally. In his interviews there seems to be a transparency and I don’t get the vibe that this is all one big elaborate act…but I’ve been fooled before.

        But even if we are all being fooled…millions of Google searches on John 3:16 = Christ being preached and that right there is the bottom line baby.

  • Totally agree. Great post!

  • I officially love you for this post. I read your title and clicked over to share some strong disagreement. Then you disagreed with yourself and I love it.

    I have a 10 year old son who probably is making an idol out of Tim Tebow, but this is how I see it: He’s saving his $100 to put a Fathead decal on his wall of a grown man PRAYING – I’m totally okay with working out the kinks later. 🙂

  • Jonn McDaniel

    What rubs me wrong about what I’ve seen from Tebow’s public display of his faith is the same thing that causes me to shake my head when I hear Christians say something like “Know God, Know Winning. No God, No Winning!”–the Prosperity Gospel. Please don’t get me wrong, I think he should be free to live out his faith how he feels is most authentic–Tebow-kneeling or pointing to the sky whenever he makes a long completion for a touchdown. It’s just the older I’ve become, the more I realize faith isn’t about “winning”. It isn’t about the closer I get to God, the more I excel at everything I touch. Sometimes tragedy happens in the midst of a holy-high. Sometimes I make a bad choice right after a huge, exciting transformation in my faith. It seems to me faith is about God being right here with us, loving us, just as He made us–loosing, incomplete passes, horrible choices, and failures included. It’s easy to want to knuckle bump God after SuperBowl touchdowns and diamond bezeled Cartier watch preaching. I wonder what everyone would say about Tebow if he did more sky pointing after a horribly overthrown pass or Tebowing after every touchdown the other team scored, too. I would add….the media is enjoying building him up just so they can delight in his downfall–which will happen. But, if they know God is with us regardless of failures, then maybe, just maybe we can see a little more grace shared when he (and others) fall off the pedestal we put them on.

    • yankeegospelgirl

      What makes you think his downfall “will happen?” You have evidence of that. Ya never know, he might just keep on being a great guy. It is just BARELY possible. <—sarcasm

      • Jonn McDaniel

        Yeah, I have evidence… Biblical and historical. It’s the nature of the human condition. People will make wrong choices. People will fail and are in need of redemption. If it wasn’t that way we wouldn’t need an intimate, ongoing relationship w God. It is sad that some people actually want to believe he won’t fail. It’s simple denial of this simple truth. But there is power in recognizing this inevitable human fallibility. There is a freedom that inspires one to be ready to share heaping amounts of unconditional grace then, too. And, that is the kind of faith display that will change the world.

        • yankeegospelgirl

          Then name some specifically disgraceful, horrible way in which you think he will “fail.” You know exactly what I mean. You’re implying that sooner or later he’ll get caught using drugs, or sleeping around, or something similarly shameful—a Tiger Woods type thing. At least, that’s what most people mean when they predict a celebrity’s “downfall.” To say that Tim Tebow is a sinner like every other human being is saying nothing new. Your claim implied something further. Either modify your claim, or bite the bullet and back it up as it stands.

          • Leanne

            Pride comes before fall.

          • yankeegospelgirl

            Then I don’t think Tebow has anything to worry about. Does he now?

    • I hardly think a kid who grew up on the missions field in the Philippines gives two deuces what the prosperity morons have to say. He was thanking God while destroying the opponent long before he got to Denver.

      • Jonn McDaniel

        I agree that “thanking God” is always a good thing. Being a “kid…on the mission field in the Philippines” can be a good thing. And, again, as I said, “Please don’t get me wrong, I think he should be free to live out his faith how he feels is most authentic”. I just tend to think faith isn’t about, if you know God, you are gonna win!–and that is the Prosperity Gospel given out hook, line and sinker to an unbelieving world.

        • Ok, I still don’t see how you’re drawing the line between Tebow and the prosperity doctrine. One is everything that is right with sports, one is everything that is wrong with church.

  • janet

    So sad to read some of these comments. I do not think Christ thinksTebow should turn it down a notch. We all are called by God to travel different roads for Him. And do it in different ways. I suppose if some of you were present in the early church you would have had Paul and Peter turn it down a notch after all they were just a tentmaker and a fisherman. How dare they be so vocal about God. They can be Christian just have them turn it down a notch. Maybe all of you think he should turn it down a notch because th Spirit is asking you why you will not turn it up a notch for Him. We all prefer to have people sink to our level rather than us rising to theirs. Not saying this is what God is asking you to do but remember walk of Tebows is between God and him. Kurt Warner has no part in it. And I think Kurt needs to deal with pride in that he feels he can tell another Christian how to express their relationship with Christ. I do not see that anywhere in scripture. To tell your brother how to express his faith. Just sad that some of you feel you have the authority to be critical of what many consider a role model and a good one at that.

  • brenda P

    I wish there were more people like Tim Tebow in the world who love the Lord and have no problem letting everybody know it. Tim rocks!!!!!

  • I love the guy, but he makes me cringe, too. Really, though, you’re right. It’s me who more than likely makes Christ cringe the most.

    To no one’s surprise, I also blogged about something Tebow did. Check it out: http://www.lifebeforethebucket.com/2012/01/remember-whats-important.html

  • Mandy

    Carlos, why do you think Tebow is praying to win the game? I don’t think he’s ever said that. I think he’s praying for direction, wisdom, and strength. The same as the rest of us do in our jobs. Our prayers just don’t get televised. Thanks

    • Leanne

      Regardless to what he’s praying for, why does he have to do it right on the field in front of thousands of people so they know whats going on in Tebows world. He’s doing it ostentatiously. You mean to tell me he can’t pray for whatever he’s praying for in him own head, or at breakfast before the game or in his bed at night in private as GOD commands???????????????

      • Phronsie Howell

        You mean to tell me that he’s not free to pray the same way lots of other pro athletes do on the field?

  • I’m not embarrassed by Tebow, I’m embarrassed by Christians who keep perpetuating the myth that God helps Tebow win games, it’s an insult to Tebow’s work ethic & God’s sovereignty. Some are even amazed he had exactly 316 yards in passing as if they was some sort of sign. Sigh… Tebow is honest about his faith and honors God in many ways, including his work ethic. That is all. The rest is just football, simply a game.

    • Jonn McDaniel

      word.

  • Mel

    Who knows? Maybe we should spend less time judging each others actions or having an opinion on everything and spend more time loving one another and feeding widows and orphans. I talk about Jesus all the time…I guess if that’s irritating to people than I guess I’ll have less people to talk to. It hasn’t seemed to insult any of the people I deal with on a regular basis. I think putting your relationship and faith our there is what we are supposed to do…if we’re not talking about Jesus to people…than who is?

  • James

    you’re an idiot…

  • seth

    great post man.. i’ve thought nearly the same thing. he’s just a guy trying to follow jesus the best way he knows how. he messes up one way, i mess up another. i think jesus would be a tim tebow fan. i guess that means i should be too.

  • B.Rad

    Thanks for holding up the mirror so I can see the real problem…ME. It’s almost always me. Rarely is it “them”.
    You killed it on this one Los.
    Thanks.

  • Luke

    I saw this article through someone’s share on Facebook. I read it and I understand it, but when I look at what other people are saying about the article I think they missed the meaning completely. Its not about God and football, it’s about how one christian lives his faith everyday and no matter the criticism he takes for it he still express’s it no matter what. And yes even myself fall victim to the fact that it shouldn’t matter where or how I express my love for Jesus Christ.

  • Mandelyn May

    This post was most excellent, Los…I agree with the comments above about just taking Tebow’s actions at face value & nothing more. Plus isn’t it refreshing to see a brother in Christ make headlines for a bit instead of a Kardashian? 🙂

  • ryan

    at first i was gonna be like, give me a break with this… clicked, then read. truely stated

  • Sam

    Yeah, I met this really west coast face looking christian multimedia guy who took that christ on my sleeve thing so far he actually put the conversion of paul on his sleeve. oh wait. love tebow for the same reason i love that guy… they are just being who god created them to be… all the time.
    miss you los.

  • jim

    spot on ma brutha!

  • Concur.

  • Sean

    I’m not embarrassed by Tebow. i’m embarrassed by the people like those in the photo you posted. Especially those who equate “Tebowing” with prayer, who have jumped on the bandwagon of this latest celebrity Christian to use him as a means to push a political agenda.

    Tebow is awesome. Those who’ve made him into an idol (and don’t think it hasn’t happened) are not.

  • Randy Wade Dueck

    Just Thinking, if we don’t acknowledge Him in all our ways, He won’t direct our path. Prov 3:6 or only in the paths we acknowledge Him in!?!

  • I’m so tired of hearing the Tim Tebow hoopla! Christians bash him, non-Christians beat up on him…the dude can’t catch a break! Good thing he’s not full of himself and that he recognizes WHO IT IS that matters most. The majority of us would fall flat on our faces from the ridicule and rejection that this kid endures on a daily basis.
    Tim Tebow has WORKED VERY HARD to get where he is (and let me say very sarcastically, he’s SO AVERAGE!!). He was raised by true followers of Christ who invested in him a foundation in Christ (Go Bob & Pam Tebow). He grew up serving in the trenches as a missionary (a job that isn’t known for flash & big money)! He knows what a blessing it is to live the life he now lives.
    I’m grateful for the LIVE OUT LOUD courage Tim Tebow has and I’m proud his faith is genuine and radical.
    It’s just what our world needs.

    As far as I’m concerned—I could go forever on some Tebow praying as opposed to the Kardashians/Real Housewives/Bachelor/Jersey Shore our society finds so entertaining!

    As a follower of Christ, I ask God to forgive me for the times I’ve kept my faith silent.

    The whole TT topic reminds me of the Michal vs. David dancing thing in scripture. She was so stuck up and quick to ridicule him (much like the Tebow basher’s) but that didn’t stop David from getting his love for God on! Oh no, it didn’t!

    GO, GO, GO Tim Tebow! Keep on living outloud….it’s not for us—it’s for HIM!!

  • James in Stumptown

    What I don’t understand is that everyone is commenting on that football game for that week. That’s only commenting on 3-4 hours of Tebow’s life each week. Tim Tebow is way more impressive off the field and even more impressive outside the USA with how he spends his time. Some football players water ski and travel, and sport fish with their off time. Tebow spends his freetime with the orphans, the broken, the marginalized. The football field on National TV…..thats just the extreme tip of the iceberg.

  • Kori

    I completely agree with you on most points, but who’s to say God doesnt care about a football game? God cares about the things that are important to us, even seemingly trivial things like football. As Christians, we are supposed to do all things as unto the Lord, so do you really think God doesn’t smile when he sees all of those Christian players put their heart and soul into their game? They are giving God their best, it just happens to be on a football field and not on a stage. Just a thought…

    • I agree, Kori. Great post, but if we are to say that God doesn’t care about a football game, why should he care about most other jobs people have as well? There are many things that others may consider “trivial” that we pray for. Is there ultimately a difference between praying to win a football game and praying to “win” that job opening? In both cases, someone is going to “lose.”

      That aside, wonderful post!

  • Love this article. I have seemed to have a problem lately worrying about who believes in me, I should be more like Tebow and focus on what I believe in and let the rest of the world stand in line. First time I have read your site, you have a new reader.

  • Christian

    Right on, bro. Good word.

  • Kent

    I agree that we all should be more bold about our faith much like Tim Tebow. For that I admire him. But where is all the media love for the other heroes of the faith? How often does CNN run a piece on the persecuted church around the world or the missionary risking their life in some faraway country? Not even close to the number of times we’ve read about Tim Tebow. If all this hype accomplishes anything, I hope it wakes the world up to the plight of the unsung heroes of faith.

  • The real annoying thing is the CONSTANT running stream of media covering it. Football players outwardly acknowledging their faith on the field is nothing new. I have seen it my whole life. So…what’s the big deal.. THE MEDIA. They are the ones making a circus out of this. If it didn’t get viewership it wouldn’t be on the air.. they are just trying to stir up controversy.

    What do I personally have against Tebow? Well.. huh, I’m a Florida State fan so… I have never been a fan of any Gator…. Chop chop!

  • hammer meet nail on head. thanks los. god bless you and the fam always.

  • Kenneth

    I have a few observations on the issue.

    On Nov. 28th Kurt Warner talked on twitter about the article sited in this blog.

    He said that the writer took his comments out of contrast by not posting EVERYTHING Kurt said.

    This is what Kurt posted…

    kurt13warner Kurt Warner
    @DanielCStanaway I never TOLD Tim 2 tone it down, but was sharing my position & how I did it & would share my pespective w/ him…

    kurt13warner Kurt Warner
    @DanielCStanaway but to tone down was the right thing 4 me to do, bec it made me more effective & the article misconstrued the facts a bit

    kurt13warner Kurt Warner
    @MLPreach great role model, that is why my son owns a Tebow jersey! I am not telling Tim 2 b something he’s NOT I was simply sharing my exp!

    Then I tweeted Kurt myself. Below is my tweet and Kurt’s response…

    K_Rock75 NEW GM NEW ERA
    @kurt13warner Our tendency when we see someone sharing to start telling them the best way to do it. Just pray for Tim and trust God to lead.

    kurt13warner Kurt Warner
    @K_Rock75 No doubt about it… that is why I would share my experience in case he could use it, but NEVER tell him what to do!

    I believe what Kurt was trying to tell Tim was that being loud can also make you unapproachable by some. Sometimes witnessing requires a big stick but other times it requires a quiet voice.

    Kurt was trying to tell Tim that HE(Kurt) had to change his approach because he was then more approachable and was able to share his faith with some who otherwise he never would have reached.

    Some of you may agree with that and some may not. Paul said to be all things to all men so that some might be saved.

    Some will be very vocal, very “in your face” with their faith and others will live a quiet life and witness with their actions. If both are being the persons that God has called them to be then both should be pleasing to the Lord.

    Don’t know why I even wrote this, but I felt someone had to speak up for Kurt.

    Thank You & God Bless

  • brilliant!

  • Katie

    Love this, Los. Thanks for your authenticity.

  • Debby

    I am so tired of people trying to tear this young man down. He is an awesome man of GOD everywhere he goes. I think he is a role model for our children and I am so proud of him for not being ashamed of his faith. We need more Tim Tebows in the world.

  • Christine

    This is AWESOME and spot on. Thank you!

  • David

    AWESOME POST!

  • Tebo has the skills to spread the word about God. I so admire his faith!!!

  • My take on Tim Tebow is he is either A. REALLY REALLY REALLY into God… OR B. REALLY REALLY REALLY into the publicity his prayer stunts give him.

    I would say he is too christian and holds his christian values too high, and its really really annoying. It really is, so are all the other people have a stronghold on an opinion. They’re unshakable & passionate. so… perhaps he could turn it down a notch BUT… he’s doing good at what he does, and he seems passionate about it… so why knock out his passion? I mean… yea I am annoyed by his little God card thing, BUT… If he is sincere about God as much as he is, okay, fine, be passionate about your God. He is your God… however do remember if you try to convert people to give them space, and free will, and have understanding that they have the right to choose differently than you do. I think that is a common mistake most Christians make when evangelizing is not giving people enough space to make a choice, and allowing them room to choice against their own belief, which is hard. at any rate… Tim Tebow, if his passion is real, keep it up, but remember to give people space, so talk about God all you want on a podium or in a conversation; but also have the respect for people when they say “I’m an atheist, I’ve read the Case for Christ & More Than a Carpentar; and I still don’t believe in God. Let’s talk about football.”

    If he is doing this for publicity… well I have nothing else to say, but quiet yourself young man and say what you actually believe.

    • Phronsie Howell

      How can one be “too Christian”? Especially if they’re authentic and not doing it for show… Not saying that’s the case with Tebow, just in general. How is a person “too Christian”?

  • Jimmy Burke

    Oh. Wow. Humbled, man.

  • Feel the same. Watched this video for the first time today and his singing in a game when about to face his work battle is inspiring.
    http://www.sportsgrid.com/nfl/tebow-micd-up-bears/

  • Nita

    I don’t think we should look at Tim or any other person as a role model, Jesus Christ is the only perfect example we need. I think some folks are bordering on idol worship with Tebow. His fans are the ones who need to take it down a notch. And am I the only one insulted by Tebowing”?

  • Los I love your blog. Love the community, though I rarely comment, I can admit that.
    I just don’t totally agree with you on this one. Your post actually bugs me a lot. You have a way of really driving home some great spiritual and personal lessons, stuff I’ve had tears over and have helped me make better decisions, but on this one it just feels like a good old fashioned preacher driven guilt trip.
    Tebow has his own trademark prayer move, unintentional as it may be, I don’t think he’s glorifying God but just making a show out of it.
    Maybe I’m way off but I just don’t see the merit, I’d rather follow the example of someone quiet in the back of the room who always shows up for those kids that don’t have anyone and loves them to pieces. That quiet person speaks far more to me than some guy in an NFL jersey blurting out whatever on national TV.
    But that’s just my own opinion or preference I guess.

  • Leo

    The problem about Tebow is he’s got everyone talking about…Tebow! … so I fail to recognize how he is ‘drawing’ people to God.

    • Then you’re not paying attention. Sports people are talking about Tebow. Church people are talking about Tebow. The population as a whole is talking about Tebow, so you’re correct on that. But where you miss it is that by talking about/watching/listening to Tebow, they’re seeing a giant flashing arrow pointing straight at God. Both today and the night he beat Oklahoma for the National Championship (when he had it on his eye black) “John 3:16” was the number one search hit on Google. The number one searched item in the world when Tim Tebow is on TV is “John 3:16.” Not to mention that the NCAA literally made a rule called the “Tebow Rule” that prohibits people from putting letters on their eye black strips after that game because he had a verse on his face in almost every college game he played. If that isn’t pointing people to God, please tell me what is.

      • Leo

        Virgil,

        “John 3:16” being the number one search on Google when Tebow plays does not mean people are drawing closer to God because of it. That’s an invalid conclusion. Because we don’t know that for a fact, I could also very easily make the argument those people searching for “John 3:16” are being driven away from God at such arrogance. In regards to the “Tebow Rule” you are actually validating my point. It seems to me Tebow is excelling at being controversial, drawing negative attention to God does not seem to be the best way to draw people to God.

        It appears that all this Tebow-mania is doing is: (1) Get people to talk about Tebow; (2) Create more division among Christians; (3) Drive people away from God altogether. All I hear about Tebow is this negative reaction, including Tebow-lovers, because they get all negative in their passionate support for Tebow if one disagrees.

        The day I start hearing how people came into a personal relationship with Jesus BECAUSE of Tebow then I’ll know he is making a difference. Otherwise he is just one more Christian-pop-culture celebrity using God to cash in millions at the bank…OR…maybe he is just a very real Christian, more real than you and me; but unless we both get to know him personally we can attest to that (no one can). Anyone can fake Christianity in front of a camera.

        • Leo

          we *can’t* attest

          • Leo…

            Chiming in here to say that Tim Tebow is not the Holy Spirit.

            Meaning that I’m not so sure that our duty as Christians is to “bring people closer to Christ.”

            I think our job is much simpler than that. We are to simply be a witness and point people to Christ. I think that has been done.

            The people themselves then have a choice to believe and the Holy Spirit then comes and draws them in.

            After that, we’re then supposed to disciple the newbies.

            Am I incorrect in that thinking? Love to hear your thoughts because I think what you’re talking about is the root of this whole thing.

            We look at Tebow and we compare him to ourselves and wonder are we ourselves “doing it wrong?” Which then leads to the question…what exactly, as Christians, are we supposed to be “doing” anyway?

            Some people think the whole point of Christianity is to avoid hell and make sure as many of our friends and loved ones avoid it as well. But is that really it? Is that what we’re here for?

            Like I said…love to hear your thoughts.

  • I am not ashamed of Tim Tebow. I believe God has raised him up for such a time as this. I believe he and his team will go to the Superbowl. I do not know if they will win but I know God’s word says His eyes roam to and fro throughout the earth to find someone He can show Himself strong in a person whose heart is perfect or mature towards Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 In this story where the quote comes from Asa the King of Israel depended on another country to help him win a war instead of God. God was not happy so I say god is happy with Tim because he is not choosing to rely on his natural talent but the strength of the Lord.

  • Nailed it.

  • Thank you for being so real and honest about this. Not everyone has the personality or the platform to shout their love for Jesus from the rooftops, but we should be grateful for those who do.

  • wow

    Tebow threw for 316 yards, for a 31.6 per throw average.
    Tebow’s coach name: John , Broncos president name: John.

    John 3:16

  • Well said, I think you really capture my same emotions about tebow. Overall, I think he is a positive role model. If so many tv shows and pundits are criticizing him, he must be doing something for the kingdom!

    Brian
    ForgottenVoices.org

  • Rhonda Hopper

    I have heard Tim Tebow say many times that he does not pray to win the game, but that he prays to do his best.

  • I don’t watch football, so I really don’t know. But I wonder does he get on one knee like that to thank god when he makes a bad throw or the other team scores or wins the game? My cynical assumption is that he does this only when things goes HIS (Tebow’s) way. Aren’t you supposed to thank and praise god is ALL circumstances, even when things don’t go your way?

  • Jane Wells

    Matthew 10:32-33
    “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” We need to be sure our silence is not a denial. God knows our hearts.

  • Beth

    Thank you! This is very well said. Recently I was involved in a discussion on FB about whether or not Tebow should “tone it down.” You have beautifully articulated my thoughts! I am not a football fan but with 3 men in the house, I do “catch” it from time to time 😉 My sons are 13 & 12 and I am thankful that in this world where professional athletes live on pedastool, There are Godly examples of giving honor where honor is due.

  • Wils

    One correction: as far as I know neither Warner or Tebow ever talk about praying to God to win football games. They give God the glory. That is a big difference. In fact, Tebow specifically mentioned that he does not try to get God to help with outcomes. He prays to do his best and that God will use football and him to bring glory to His name.

    Different Christians witness differently, even Peter and Paul went about things differntly; though, once completely in His service, neither was ever ashamed of Christ.

    People are hearing Tebow’s words, but they are really looking at his actions and his life. Abortion folks aren’t big fans of his; his Mom was recommended to abort him. Many are waiting and hoping for a fall. Sounds like he could use some prayer from the rest of the body. Not about football, but about protection from the evil one.

    When Tebow plays people talk about God, even on secular sportstalk radio….and a lot of it is positive. Tebow’s witness has opened doors to discussions about Christ and salvation. It is not about Tebow, it is about God.

    • Aloaha

      Such an awesome explanation. I pray for Tim to remain strong through all the media comments. My concern is also for those who are “tebowing” instead of praying. We need to pray for their hearts to be softened. They don’t know what they are doing making fun of God and prayer. That is what bothers me the most. God will continue to use Tim and Kurt and others in His service. Nothing is impossible with God! We need to check our motives in how we respond to others.

  • DawnStr8

    I think Tim Tebow is just wonderful! He loves God and he isn’t afraid to praise Him in public. Isn’t that what we are all called to do? Think of how many kids will look up to him and be lead to Christ. If your offended by it then it’s pretty safe to say you may be on the wrong side of grace.

  • So. A couple of things.

    1. I think I read an interview with Mr. Tebow where he said he didn’t pray to win. He prayed for clarity, calmness, and reserve. He said if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be able to step foot on the field.

    2. I don’t give a hoot where he prays. Sometimes the argument of the pharisees praying in the street is legit, but I don’t really care. Here’s my thought.

    Tebow is getting a lot of hate. A LOT. Whenever he’s asked about it, or is told what someone says, he responds with no hate. He only has nice things to say, and THAT is what I think shows Jesus more than anything else he does.

    If I could learn to do that, I would be a better person. If I could start praying anywhere and everywhere, for the right things, I would be unstoppable.

    On a side note, Tebow, who wore John 3:16 on his face during the BCS last year threw for 316 yards, and averaged 31.6 yards that game. The television rating of CBS for Overtime was 31.6. His middle name is John.

    Also, after the Broncos win, “John 3:16” was the number 1 searched term on the internet for 12 hours. So, whatever is happening, whether coincidence or not, it’s getting attention. So, I think that’s cool.

  • Wow, spot on! You’ve just explained to hypocritical me, my own feelings when seeing or hearing other true believers confess their faith in Jesus Christ openly. A re-examine of “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Rom. 1:16 KJV. Thank you!

  • Ok, is it bad that I have no idea who he is other than what I’ve seen and figured out through Tweets?

  • Excellent! Self-centeredness (aka pride) is precisely why I’m embarrassed too!

  • Dave

    I am embarrassed that YOU would even say this about Tebow. He stands for what he believe in, that is Christ. He shows the WORLD at his KING IS CHRIST. So what if he get made fun of on SNL, so what if he prays to win a football game, God does care. He love hearing our voice and tell Him about our day, even if he already knows. Christ is his CENTER, what drives him, His LIFE. Tebow is not of this world. Pauls says

    13 “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.[a] 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:

    he also says,

    “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,

    The one you should be embarrassed is YOU for putting down a brother in Christ.

    • Los

      I love it when people don’t read a post…
      lol

    • Debra Denise-Cook Ferrell

      Sir, it pays to read prior to posting. Rumors and riots are started with loudly spoken opinions that are based on inaccuracies and lack of knowledge. Just sayin’.

      Thanks, Carlos… for always being authentic!

  • Dave

    i did…:)

  • Julie Camacho

    I agree. Remember how extreme the apostles were? That’s how Jesus wants us to be. Tim Tebow is getting it right.

  • I think Christ is more embarrassed by Christians who attribute Tebow’s football success to divine intervention than by Christian’s who make fun of Tebow.

    • yankeegospelgirl

      I think you should read your Bible.

  • Blake Bergstrom

    Dang sucka! I love your heart. Well said. I’m embarassed with Blake as well. im done hatin on the way that others are lovin!

  • My take-away: “My embarrassment is not about Tim Tebow. It’s always about ME.
    What people will think of ME.”

  • You nailed it! Thank you! This was a scary-at-first, refreshing post to read!

  • Wow! My first comment on your blog.

    I’m not enbarassed by Tebow. I couldn’t stand him when he played at Florida. Now I admire him for playing awful, then playing great and just being himself no matter what.

  • katie

    You ever think maybe God is using Tim Tebow because he seems to he the only one of the NFL bunch who loves Jesus enough to not be ashamed of the gospel? Perhaps then that is why God’s grace covers him. He’s the one who will overcome by the blood of the lamb and tge word of his testimony.

  • Betsy

    I’m using a Bible In A Year app on my iPhone, and one of the verses I was given yesterday went right along with this post.
    Matthew 6:1 (from The Message) “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.” It then goes on to say in verse 5, “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?”
    I don’t think Tim Tebow makes a spectacle out of himself by praying before a game, any more than a person sitting down to a meal in public makes a big deal out of praying before he eats. Tebow’s just on a bigger stage with a giant spotlight on him at all times, making it a little hard to go unnoticed. As long as he remains humble about it & isn’t making his relationship with Christ into a “theatrical production,” I think his intentions are pure.

    • Ron Nelson

      Perfect, Betsy! Couldn’t have said it better myself!
      I think it is awesome that God in His “mysterious ways” chose to display His message through TT while he was in college; the aforementioned 3:16 in the eyeblack under his eyes, and then when the NFL forbid him doing so, called attention to it again through several “coincidences”, i.e.; 316 yds.,31.6 per pass, 31.6 tv rating, etc. My take is YOU CAN’T STOP GOD! He will get the message out one way or another! Praise His Name! I, too believe TT is real and genuine. I believe he is my brother in the family of God and I hope to see him in heaven one day!

  • Jean

    I have paid little attention to the hype about Tim Tebow this entire season, because I am not a football fan. However, on Sunday I became a Tim Tebow fan. I was watching the game with our 34-year-old adopted son, who came to our family at the age of 16 and was wild and immoral throughout high school and college. He stil makes no profession of faith in Jesus Christ, but he is CRAZY about Tim Tebow and explained to ME about Tim’s high moral standards and the way he’s not that great of a quarterback, but that the team loves him and apparently God’s blessing is on the team because of Tim, etc, etc, etc. At least that’s his take on it. People love authenticity, and that is apparently what Tim has.

  • Believe this my brothers,” it is far better for us to be hated because we are followers of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, than it will be to be loved for any other reason” .

  • Kerry

    Why does Tebow make a mockery of Jesus and what he commanded in Matthew 6:5?

    • Kerry

      And also, why do people make excuses for him directly disobeying the literal words of Jesus? Are we not taking the Bible literally anymore?

      You can OBEY Jesus and confess Jesus before men without DISOBEYING Him and making a spectacle of your prayer time.

      • Not all New Testament prayers were private. Many were public and there is a time and place. Be careful with the word ‘literal’. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisee’s doing all of their prayer for public display. It was a part of a larger conversation on being genuine, not a command to limit prayers to a closet.

    • Rick

      Talk about taking things out of context, What is your problem with freedom of speech? when did Tim lose the right to say what he wants?

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  • Lee

    You hit the nail on the head. It’s that little bit of humility in ourselves that allows God to show us our true nature and come to Him. I pray for Tebow that he will not “fall” like many other Christians who get to his position.

  • EXCELLENT!

    A post about those who worship Tebow – rather than trying to be like him here: http://www.politijim.com/2012/01/tim-tebow-aint-god-barack-aint.html

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  • Crystal

    My husband and I are from Jacksonville. The hubs grew up around the Tebow fam and they really are legit. I agree with you Los, but there is still something that just scares me about Tebow. It is simply that the more public he sets himself up in his faith the less private any slip up he will ever have will be. And he will slip up. We all do. Those slip ups will be the nail in the coffiin of our faith for many bystanders just as was Haggards, Bakers, and all the other “Bigs.” He may not have a huge scandal, but he is still just human. We should be praying for him often rather than scoffing at or even praising him. He needs prayer so that he can continue to be a witness for Christ. Honestly how many times had you heard scripture read on Around the Horn or PTI until Tebow arrived? Whether our first response is embarassment, adulation, annoyance, or even disdain we all should pray for Tim Tebow. This is simply because whether we like it or not, he is one of the primary faces of the faith in our country and with that comes great responsibility and scrutiny.

    • Becki Gibson

      Hello from another J-ville native. As someone who has been called to a visible position of leading worship, I relate with the fear that when we are in leadership or in a position where our faith is put in the spotlight that there is the potential downside that our failures will also be in the spotlight. But, I’ve learned not to see this as a negative, hear me out …
      For years, Satan used this fear to keep me out of ministry. I was so worried that I would fail in a public way and didn’t want to bring disfavor to Christ. What a waste of time, what pride, its not about me, its about HIM and what He has called us to do …
      As Christians we too often see ourselves as having to be perfect to be a good witness of Christ. While we must continually strive toward holiness, we will never in our humaness be able to acheive that. Our message to the world needs to be that we are NOT perfect (if we are honest – we are mess!) and because of that imperfection we are desperately in need of Christ and crazy blessed to receive His grace. If we shift the conversation to one of “I can’t stop telling you how amazing Christ is because He is soooo good and I am soooo messed up” and not “Look how great Christ is and how good I am because of Him.” No way. We should never shout out self praise or put ourselves on pedastals, we are not worthy of that. But, ABSOLUTELY shout it out to the world how great He is – even if we fall flat on our faces – then get back up and shout how great He still is and how much greater He is than we are because He forgives and still loves us in the midst of our failures. I will spend the rest of my life seeking to know God more and reaching toward holiness, I will still be a sinner. But I will also be worshipping God with all my heart, sharing the love of Christ, stepping up where he calls me (public or private), seeking to know Him more, and teaching others about Him.

    • Mike Thomason

      Well said Crystal! I love Tebow and I think he’s great for football and Christianity. He’s stirred more conversation about God in the athletic world than any other modern day athlete! I just hope he gets his shot to continue to make an impact on and off the field.

  • Kimberly

    I think it is great that Tebow isn’t ashamed to show his love for Jesus. We need more athletes or actors or role models out there that will step up and do the same. One of my favorite is Trevor Bayne, a young man who won the Daytona 500 last year. He praises and thanks God for everything that happens to him, good or bad. There are a few other Nascar drivers that also speak openly about their faith.

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  • While I think I would probably handle myself and my faith differently than Tebow at this point in my life (not sure I would have at his age though), I do want to point out that Warner didn’t necessarily say those things.

    I know someone else mentioned that above, but I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show when he had Warner on and asked him about that interview. Here’s the adio and a summary: http://media.danpatrick.com/2011/12/14/kurt-warner-comments-on-tebows-mechanics-and-religious-comments/

  • Aaron

    I am a pastor and I think perception is reality. The perception (and the reason why the press has focused on Tim) is that Tim believes God helps him win football games. While Tim has said he doesn’t believe this his actions speak otherwise. When he thanks God profusely for victories (not failures so much) people interpret this to mean he believes God helped him win. This theology is horrible and makes Christianity look absurd for reasons I can’t go into here. I think Tim is a great Christian and a great role model. I am a fan. He should be outspoken about his faith just not in such a way that confuses people into thinking God helps him win games.

    • Charles

      I agree, it is perception, if he did it win, loose, or tie, I would understand and that would be a testament of his faith,trusting that a failure was and is God’s plan. Though I think that there would still be a media hype due to his outspoken faith, welcome to the society change and their perception of Christians with a double standard. You can have the freedom to practice your religion, just don’t disagree with my beliefs.

  • Tamara Cosby

    We were just having a conversation about this a couple of weekends ago. Stands to reason I need to work on my pharisitical side. I don’t much like me when I get right down to it…

  • Greg Tuten

    Im not! We need more people to stand up for Jesus. He sometimes hides behind the bench and prays not to draw attention to himself. I can assure you he does not pray for wins. He prays for Gods will to be done. I know non Christains dont underrstand that but that is exactly what he does. We need many more Tim Tebo’s. He has affected more people for Jesus in the past caople of years than all the preachers in the world combined. I dont want him to tone it down I say kick it up!

  • Susan Fontaine Godwin

    I find it incredibly sad that football fans (and I am a huge one) are more offended by some of Tebow’s symbolic gestures of prayer & humility on the field than they are with so much of the show boating and self aggrandizement that goes on with so many foot ball stars…doing very bizarre movements that somewhat resemble dances, pretending their pulling open their shirt to reveal they’re really “Super Man,” doing trash talk with opponents, swearing, starting fights on the field, etc. Not to mention the number of criminal acts that are committed by some NFL stars off the field vs. the time Tebow spends focusing on ministry, giving and acts of kindness.

  • brianmmayfield

    Well said, Carlos. Me too.

  • videogamefaith

    I followed this as a recommended link on facebook. While reading it I saw the line “I should be embarrassed by Carlos Whittaker.” and was taken aback.

    Why Carlos Whittaker!? That came out of left field. My mind quickly raced .. he’s had a couple of viral videos of his kids… was that it? Why would this author be embarassed by Carlos Whittak… oh… I kept reading.

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