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Respect Tim Tebow - John 3:16 - Is He Real or Show?
Tim Tebow has created quite the sensation in the sports world.
The Denver Bronco’s quarterback has either revved up his fans or completely turned them off. Why? Because he prays and kneels at games.
Being faithful to God is not new to Tebow. Some think he might be “showing his religion” in order to gain notoriety, but Tebow has knelt and prayed at every game since he was in high school.
He is showing his faith to God, not the audience.
Others think his prayers are misplaced. Really, praying for a football game? Who does that?
Is Tebow for real or is it all a show?
Atheists, of course, think it is a bunch crap. They do not respect him or like him for showing his faith, especially the John 3:16 he places on his cheekbones where other players normally have a solid black line to stop the glare. Atheists may not be impressed with his “show of religion,” but if they are true Bronco fans or even just football fans, they can’t deny Tebow’s efforts on the field. Can atheists overcome their contempt for religion to admire a football player who strives to do his best? Can they separate the two? If not, then they would fall into that narrow-minded path they claim Christians are on.
Christians For and Against
Now, you would expect most or all of Christians to side with Tebow for his public prayers, but some do not. They compare him to the Pharisee’s who prayed in public just to be seen as “Godly” or “religious.” If Tebow had just started this “ritual” of prayer on the field, whether it is for a win or to give thanks for a great play, then this could be argued as showmanship to get his name in the media. His faith has been with him longer than football, though. As he kneels, he does not care who sees him and is unapologetic. His sincerity is clear during interviews. This guy believes what he believes. In this world of political correctness, you would think he would be lauded for standing up for his beliefs when asked about them, but maybe that is only for those whom the mainstream media feels is worthy. Also, some Christians are outraged that Tebow would pray for a touchdown while there is so much suffering in the world. Now, come on! Christians around the world pray for success. On the field, Tebow prays for a good game and gives thanks for great plays. How is that different than walking into a board room to present a proposal with a silent prayer on your lips for success or a teacher praying for success on the first day of school? How many of us have given praise for an accomplishment that we worked hard to achieve? Seems that some are taking it too far. How do we know Tebow isn't praying for those who suffer around the world in his private moments? It is ridiculous to make the comparison.
Could There Be Something to this 3:16 "Show"?
Hmmm… maybe God is involved. Atheists will probably say it is pure coincidence that Tebow was able to pass 316 yards and had a 31.6 passing average during the "edge-of-your-seat" NFL playoffs overtime game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. There could be “Something” to that John 3:16 that Tebow proudly shows. For a mediocre quarterback, seems he's doin' all right...
Whether Christian or atheist, we are Americans and the Constitution gives us freedom of speech and religion. It goes both ways, and Tebow’s happens to be the Christian way. If you are a football fan, why should it matter that he chooses to share his belief? How does showing that he is a Christian get in the way of his being a good athlete on the field? He is a good guy with a moral compass; something that many of our professional athletes lack.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but will have everlasting life."
43.3 percent of people believe divine intervention plays a role in Tim Tebow's success with the Denver Broncos. (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE) What do you believe?
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