Tim Tebow. Unless you have been living under a rock (or don’t watch any TV) you know that he is one of the biggest names not only in sports, but in the social media as well. While Tebow is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, he is also a Christian who consistently proclaims his faith with boldness.
If you watch ESPN (like I do) you’ll know that people either love or hate Tebow. Shows like “Sports Nation” talk about Tebow almost every episode and it shows that most fans love him because he is a competitor and because he knows how to win football games. However, many people believe that he will not even be a quarterback next year in the NFL due to his lack of consistency in throwing the ball. For huge sports fans like me, here is a fun stat to support this belief: during the regular season, his passer rating, was the 28th best passer rating, which is the equivalent to being in the bottom 15% of throwing quarterbacks.
As far as the media goes, he is the person to talk about. He was recently voted the “Most Popular Active American Athlete” by an ESPN sports poll. Because of Tim, many people are now participating in the act of “Tebowing”. What is “Tebowing”? According to tebowing.com, it is “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” There are thousands of people who are “Tebowing”. High school students in Long Island even got suspended for “Tebowing” because they would be “Tebowing” in the hallways between classes, making it difficult for other students to get to class. Actions like “Tebowing” have caused Tebow to be referenced recently in a Saturday Night Live skit where “Jesus” suggested that he “take it down a notch” in regards to how he always speaks openly about his faith.
With all of that said, it is easy to see that Tim Tebow is making a profound impact on the world. Whether you love or hate him, something exciting happened. To start you should know that Tebow’s favorite verse is John 3:16, which his black eye tape referenced in college. John 3:16 also seemed to be the theme of his first playoff start. In the game, not only did he complete 316 yards of passing, but the offensive coordinator who was calling the plays was named John, his receiver who caught the final touchdown pass was born on Christmas, in the final quarter the overnight TV rating was 31.6, the only interception was thrown by the other quarterback was on 3rd down and 16 yards, and lastly, four of the referees were named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Because of this people all over Twitter and Facebook began talking about the “coincidence” or “divine help” and were wondering if God helped Tebow and the Broncos win the game. But that wasn’t the only thing. The best thing that happened was that by Monday morning the number one Google search was John 3:16. That means that hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions read these words: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life”. Now I don’t actually think that all of those people accepted Christ because of this, or even that 1% did, but Tim Tebow is planting seeds in the lives of millions of people. He was blessed with a gift and he is using his gift to glorify God in everything he does.
You might be able to tell by now that I am a big Tim Tebow fan. There are few players in sports who are as compelling to watch as him. Not only that, but there are even less sports figures who claim to be followers of Christ that live it out. I know I will never be able to play in the NFL and will probably never have the type of platform that Tebow has to speak into the lives of people everywhere, but I pray that I will use the platform I do have every single day to impact as many lives as I can.
Pastor Jason Kinzel