“My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?’” Psalm 42:10 (NIV)
My husband, Craig, reads Sports Illustrated. I often peruse the stories and really do enjoy the articles; although I admit I go through streaks so I in no way claim to be a “sports” person. Of course, as a Christian, how do I not pay attention to the stories about Tim Tebow? The last story I read was about Tebow-mania. Players and opponents’ fans were mocking his prayer, praise and outspoken love for his God. When they made a tackle, they would taunt him with his own stance of prayer. They were not thanking God for having made their own tackle; they were basically saying “Where is your God now?”
Even other Christian players and fans have been telling him to cool it. We all expect people like Billy Graham or Rick Warren to thank God at all times, but a football player, at ALL times? I was listening to the local Christian radio station and they asked people to call in and share what they thought of all the hubbub. One woman thought the prayer was okay but maybe he shouldn’t pray to win.
Not pray to win? That’s like telling a salesman not to pray to get the sale! Maybe we should tell the cab driver not to pray he doesn’t hit any traffic jams. Or maybe we should tell doctors not to pray they get the entire tumor. Okay, so that sounds extreme but here’s the point – each person has a job to do and to have success in any profession is to “win”. He could have great stats and his team still lose, but how does that help his organization, his company?
When Tim Tebow started this season, the Broncos were 1-4 and in 4th place. They are now 8-5 and in 1st place having gone 7-1 with Tebow as quarterback. Does God help Tim Tebow win games? I believe, in some way, He helps Tebow be successful in what he does. There is an entire team of players who are responsible for their own performance, who help win or lose games. Tebow was not on the field when either of the final two field goals were kicked to win the game against Chicago. He did his part when needed as did the rest of the team.
A friend of mine confessed that during the last Superbowl, it didn’t really matter to him who won the game. He prayed that the team who would bring the most glory to God would win. That’s a cool prayer just as it is, but it gets better. Green Bay won and some of the first words from player, Greg Jennings, were, “To God be the Glory.” I do believe that if there is any reason for a team to win a game, the idea that those words would be spoken over national television is a good one.
God has given Tim Tebow a platform and he has taken it and run with it…no pun intended. (Tebow is not a passer. He often hands off or runs the ball himself.) As a successful football player, and to be successful as a quarterback is to win games, Tebow has proclaimed God’s name and Word every chance he gets. His faith in God is not just seen on the field but off through his service and outreach. Through his fame, his platform, he has been able to create his own foundation, been invited to various speaking opportunities, and even has players and sportscasters quoting Scripture. He has no idea how long God will give him this football platform from which to speak but this is true: God is pleased when He is praised from a heart that is right with Him. (Romans 8:5-8)
People are talking about faith. And while people talk about having faith in Tim, Tim talks about having faith in Jesus. To God be the Glory.
Something to Consider…
Regardless of our faith, we all hold certain beliefs. We live a certain way, doing or saying things that should agree with our beliefs. Does what you say or do give an accurate picture to others about what you believe?
What platform have you been given to do God’s will and proclaim His name? It may feel like a small platform right now, but God’s Word says to he who is faithful with a little will be given much. (Matthew 25:23)