While many people ponder the next move for Tim Tebow, he sits in silence asking for direction.
When people slam his abilities, he turns the other cheek.
When an NFL team signs him for publicity, with no intention to let him play, and then cuts him once other teams have filled their rosters, he doesn’t go on the defensive in the media.
Instead, he relies on answers from the One he knows will always guide him in the right direction.
Tebow is a tremendous athlete with a penchant for performing big on big stages. But his ability as a quarterback has been questioned, analyzed, dissected, and scrutinized by so many “experts,” his image in the eyes of NFL owners is tainted. He’s considered a side-show — a media circus — unless, of course, a team wants him for the one category in which he leads all of organized sports and much of the citizenry of our nation: Heart.
Tim Tebow is not famous because he’s a professional athlete. He is one of the most well-known players in the entire NFL, but it isn’t because of records or accolades he’s earned on the field, even the ones he achieved in college. He’s famous because he is an outspoken follower of Jesus Christ. He’s admired (and hated) because he refuses to put his Bible on a shelf.
People love him or despise him based solely on his personal beliefs, whether they admit it or not.
Personally, I love the guy.
I can think of no better role model for our children than Tim Tebow. Actually, the same holds true for adults. Why media outlets and everyday Joes feel it is their appointed responsibility to continually shovel dirt on this guy is beyond my comprehension. Sure, some people are paid to analyze talent, put on make-up, and give their opinions on national television. But that doesn’t mean they are correct. When so-called experts, such as Merril Hoge, attempt to stir the attention pot and call Tebow “phony,” why would any of us not be ticked off at this meager attempt to put themselves in the spotlight by creating controversy?
Controversy, and its corresponding ratings, of course, is a guy like Hoge’s goal, just like all the other naysayers who try to drag the 25-year-old outspoken Christian from his “perch.”
Recently, Chad Johnson (or Ochocinco, or whatever the attention-starved fading wide receiver calls himself now) tweeted about his selfless acts of humanity when he bought some beers and clothes for a homeless man. This was, indeed, a great and selfless act….until he posted his “benevolence” for the world to see. Then, it boiled down to Chad being Chad — desperately trying to stay in the limelight.
Nobody calls Johnson phony. Why is that? Oh, I know. It’s because he doesn’t claim to love Jesus.
With Tebow’s documented record of faith and hope, I can surmise with certainty he has helped untold numbers of hurting people behind the scenes. But he sure isn’t going to brag about it for the purpose of public adoration. And even if the mainstream media got a sniff of one of the likely innumerable accounts of Tebow helping others in need, the story probably wouldn’t be printed or aired.
His Christian presence in the national media, beginning when he was barely out of his teens, has surely encouraged many closet Christians to bring their faith to the forefront instead of living in fear of the repercussions our so-called One Nation Under God would bring down on their necks.
According to the Bible, if you stand up for Jesus, you’ll be hated by the world.
Tim Tebow is a living testament to this truth.
Hate him if you must, but ask yourself why.
I’ll be one of his biggest fans even if he never plays another down.