Quarterback For Christ

28 10 2009


Tim Tebow sporting biblical undereye patches

Tim Tebow, sporting biblical undereye patches

It must be because I’m an immigrant (legal!). I have neither knowledge nor interest in football or baseball as a spectator sport. So, I’ve never heard of Tim Tebow — until now.

Wow! What a breath of fresh air he is!




By Terry Mattingly – tmatt.net – Oct 19, 2009

After being knocked halfway to kingdom come, Tim Tebow knew that millions of college football fans would be paying close attention to his eyes the next time he led the Florida Gators into action.

Viewers would be looking for signs that the quarterback was OK after a nasty concussion. Many would also want to see which Bible reference would be written in the patches of eye black that would be visible whenever television cameras focused on the face of America’s most famous muscular Christian.

Tebow was wearing Isaiah 40:31 when he got hurt against Kentucky:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

This biblical commentary continued when he returned against LSU, with a reference pointing to 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In every thing give
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

The Palm Beach Post put it this way: “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Not exactly.

You see, it’s hard to avoid quoting the Bible when you’re writing about an athlete who refuses to stop quoting the Bible.

Viewers who used an Internet search engine could find the full scriptural reference. Those who relied on news reports, however, tended to find language scrubbed clean of the fervent, conservative and, for many, offensive faith that shapes the lives of Tebow and his missionary parents and siblings.

Bob and Pam Tebow already consider his life a gift from God. During that pregnancy, his mother slipped into a coma after contracting amoebic dysentery. Doctors in the Philippines, where the Tebows are evangelical missionaries, feared that the strong medications she received had damaged her unborn child. Doctors advised an abortion. She refused, the family prayed and Tim Tebow survived.

Thus, Bob Tebow told Sports Illustrated, “I asked God for a preacher, and he gave me a quarterback.”

The son has done his share of preaching and missionary work, both overseas and in U.S. prisons. Meanwhile, he has refused to retreat during the many media marathons he endures as a superstar. This is, after all, the guy who seized the podium when he won the Heisman Trophy and, after taking some nervous gulps, immediately gave thanks to “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave me the ability to play football.” In his rush, he said almost exactly the same thing moments later. The news reports that followed steered clear of these references.

While Tebow has been outspoken about his beliefs, he has avoided making openly evangelistic remarks while in the hot spotlight at a secular university in a highly diverse state. The closest he has come to giving an altar call was when he put John 3:16 under his eyes during the 2009 BCS championship game.

For those who have never seen Billy Graham in action, that verse proclaims: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

But that was a mere tremor compared with the quake that followed Tebow’s candid response when asked during a press conference: “Are you saving yourself for marriage?”

Laughing, he said, “Yes, I am.”

While another reporter struggled to ask a question, Tebow continued. “I think ya’ll are stunned right now. Ya’ll can’t even ask a question. Look at this. The first time ever. Wow. I was ready for the question. I don’t think ya’ll were, though.”

Thus, a simple Google search for “Tebow, virgin” yields 70,000-plus hits. Journalists and commentators can’t seem to decide if they were more offended by the question or by Tebow’s unapologetic answer. Was this a victory for the religious right or for crass, “gotcha” journalism?

The columnist who pushed that button has refused to apologize, noting that Tebow considered it a logical question in light of his highly public faith. “Tebow demonstrated that he lives his life according to his own religious principles,” noted Clay Travis of the Fanhouse.com website.

“I asked because I believe it’s newsworthy and because, believe it or not, I thought Tim Tebow would answer the question by saying: `Yes, I am.’ … Why did I believe this? Because Tebow lives his faith. And I believe that living his faith is not artificial, he’s not pretending to be something he’s not.”






























11 responses

28 10 2009

I have the highest respect for Tim Tebow. Tebow is a true American hero with wonderful values for children to follow. I’m not a gator fan (I’m a Georgia Bulldog to the bone) so don’t attack me Steve and Bob. 🙂

28 10 2009


29 10 2009

muffin, we would never attack you………..now we would blow raspberries though…… 😉

28 10 2009
Doc's Wife

As the mother to 4 children, two of which are still in school, I can vouch that rthere are still many fine young Christian kids out there w/ good values. I just believe the others just stand out more, especially w/ lack of morals in our country. The future of our country depends on more parental responsibility–most expect schools to do the job, and therein lies the problem!

28 10 2009

I have alot of respect for Tim Tebow. Even if the Gators did whoop LSU again this year!! It is so refreshing to see someone as young and as popular as he is, stand up for what he believes in.

28 10 2009

What a Powerful young man and fantastic story! We need more like him.

29 10 2009

I like Tim Tebow, but I hope he shows up with his “C” game next Saturday.

LOL-It just might be the only hope my Dawgs is gonna have down there inthe Swamp.



29 10 2009

Dave, so glad to know I’m not the only DAWG here. GO DAWGS!!!! woof woof woof

Steve, raspberries right back at you. 🙂

29 10 2009

muffin……………I ducked…….Ha you missed me………. 😉

29 10 2009


30 10 2009
Cec Moon

It’s a God send to see a real man in sports for a change. I wish the Tigers at LSU had him.

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