It’s interesting, 3 years ago, I have to admit as a Ohio State fan, that Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer were not in my top 10 most liked people. Now, Urban Meyer is the new Ohio State football and recruits are flowing like milk and honey. And Tim Tebow is using his recent success as a platform to exalt the name of Jesus Christ. My, how things have changed in my mind.
But enough about how I feel, what about the media, what about the national mindset…Well, as you probably know, recently Tim Tebow’s success has gained national attention. In fact, Saturday Night Live even dedicated a sketch to ridicule his outspoken Christianity.
So why is Tim Tebow so polarizing? Would there be such hatred for the man if he wasn’t a Christian? Do people really dislike him just because he has a football style from the 50’s and has a windup throwing motion…or is it because he brings conviction, truth, and religiosity to a game where many would say those things don’t belong? And why is Tim Tebow criticized more than a receiver kneeling down after a touchdown, or a quarterback pointing to the heavens, or a baseball player crossing himself before he gets to the plate? My answer…I think it is because we know he is real, he represents the gospel message, and that message is offensive to the media and to an unbelieving nation. It reminds me of what Christ said in Matthew 5…”Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Key word in this passage is “when”, which tell us that as Christians we will face this type of opposition…and that is what Tebow is facing right now.
So, Tim Tebow, rejoice and be glad in those that criticize you. You may not play for team I love, but you play for the God I love. And that makes me root for you more. I hope you do keep running over linebackers, and winning ugly games in the last minute. But in the end, I pray right now that you don’t fumble your testimony, and you keep winning hearts for Jesus Christ. Tim Tebow may drive the media crazy, but I have to say, I’m becoming a big fan.