Before I start on this I will have to say: I am not a great fan of Sports in general.
I learned about Tim Tebow, and Tebowing, from seeing it on the New channels, the Letterman show, and Jay Leno.
Today I got one of those email that seem to be going around. It was about Tebowing. There were two pictures in it. One picture showed a bunch of Muslim praying on Wall Street, with the question under it “Why is this OK?” The other picture was of Tim Tebow doing his thing, with the question “and this is NOT?”.
There are a number of questions that this brings to mind… Is it the context of the actions? The Muslims are in the middle of the street, while Tebow seems to be on the sideline..
Is the one, where they are praying to Allah better than the one where he is parying to God, or Jehovah? That might depend on your religion.
In one story I saw about it he says he is thanking God for letting him play, in another he is asking God for a win. Does this mean that God, or Jehovah, is a Bronco fan? Or does it just mean that he likes people who pay homage to him, or just someone who ask him for help.
Think of all the coaches who have asked for help on the field, and have won. If only one team offers up a prayer, and they win, does that mean God gave them help and the win had nothing to do with their ability? If both team had prayed, does it mean that God gave the win to the team he liked, or does it just mean that team won on its own?
Does Tebowing trump the coaches prayer?
Does Jehovah even care about the teams? Is he a Broncos fan? Does he like the NFL better than the other leagues?
I will have to be fair and say that I don’t know the answer to these question, and the only reason that I have thought about it is for this article. Though I have always been taught that religion is a personal thing, does if make the belief less real by doing it in public? Take the Muslim, they make it into an event. Tim Tebow does it with people watching, or a public display. Does this mean he has turned prayer into a gimmick?
The question would be: Does it really matter? Does Jehovah pick sides?
Its like the old question: If two armies meet in the field, and they both pray, does Jehovah pick on to win? If a Islamic army meets a Christian, or Jewish army, is it a question of which god in stronger?
Or is the question really this: Are we just making too much of the question?
You decide, I don’t know. I can only ask.
That Joe Guy.
- Can a Muslim Tebow? (newwayopening.com)
- Playoff Anti-Abort Ad Features Tebow Verse (newser.com)
- Tim Tebow: Why the Hate for Tebow and What That Says about Us (bleacherreport.com)
- Shaking a Fist at God While Rooting Against Tim Tebow (markamerica.com)
- -Is God Helping Tebow Play Football? (answersforthefaith.com)