Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What are your thoughts....


on the Tebow-craze??

(yes that is me Tebow-ing at a bowling alley in my sisters size 9.5 shoes)

Not sure when the act of "Tebow-ing" started but if you aren't familiar, Tim Tebow, the qb for the Denver Broncos drops to one knee multiple times during a game to pray. He is very outspoken about his faith and even as an un-official rule named after him in the NFL. The Tebow Rule bans messages on eye paint (he would write different bible verses on his eye paint). 


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I think it is awesome! I love that he is a Christian who isn't afraid to essentially wear his faith on his sleeve. I love that he is showing young boys who look up to him that being a Christian is cool. I applaud Tim Tebow for giving all the glory to our God. But I pray that his intentions are genuine. 

My little brother asked why Tebow was getting so much beef for publicly praying and then a discussion started. Just because some players don't drop to a knee multiple times during a game, doesn't mean they aren't a Christian. It doesn't mean that they are thanking God for giving them the strength and ability to play football. In fact you see a lot of players point to the sky after scoring a touchdown or catching an interception. 

God's first concern is not our behavior but our hearts

I read this in a book I am using for a bible study yesterday, it couldn't have come at a better time. We talked about it last night in our small group. Yes Tebow is a great role model of being a Christian athlete and yes I love watching him pray on the field. But like I said above, I hope his heart feels what his actions are portraying. I can absolutely align this to my life and I am sure you can too. Go ahead...go to church every Sunday, volunteer to hand out programs, post bible verses on Facebook, give all your money to charity, and treat others kindly...but there is more. Those are all wonderful things that God does in fact want you to do but what matters most is your heart. Only YOU know what you feel and believe in your heart. Only you and the Lord.

Jon and I are huge Tebow fans for many reasons, number 1 being his faith. Does anyone else do a little happy dance inside when a celebrity or public figure thanks God publicly or talks about their journey as a Christian. God wants us to shout his praises and share The Word. (oh we are also huge fans because the beat the Steelers on Sunday!!)


"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19

 
I have learned not to take offense to the spoofs and articles that focus on Tebow (SNL spoof here). I mean, it is pretty funny. People are mocking him for being a Christian...what better thing to be known for?!?!?! Being a Christian I pride myself in loving everyone. I love my Christian friends, Jewish friends, Muslim friends, and friends who don't claim a faith. God loves ALL.

So what are your thoughts?


 

22 comments:

Brooke said...

You should read his book. I do believe that everything he is portraying he really truly believes. I admire him because he gets to touch so many lives with what he does, which in and of itself, deserves a superbowl trophy : )

Michelle (michabella) said...

I love Tebow. He is a genuine guy. I know people who were friends with him at UF. He is not a fake and is not all about fame. God is using him in remarkable ways. I love it. I def want to read his book.

GingerPeachT said...

I think it's genuine too. The fact that so many people keep mocking him and saying he's a bad player, and yet he still wins games proves that God is using him!
I once watched a you tube video of him being recorded during a game and he was so cool! He deff is a leader on that team and encourages his team mates constantly. He also talked to some kids during half time and remembered them from before!
It's true that what matters is the heart. But now I wonder if his influence will make Christians be more outspoken or less in fear of the mocking? But then if we are being mocked then we know we are doing something right because it's persecution for righteousness sake!
Sorry to write so much haha :-)

Amanda said...

1. Thank you for this post! I had no idea what was actually behind this Tebowing sensation before now.
2. I like that this is spreading Christianity. Like publicists say, any news is good press!
3. Happy Wednesday!

Amanda M. said...

Living in Colorado, I am most appreciative of the Tebow! Whatever gets us further along in the playoffs! :)

But really, I applaud his open heart. It's obvious that it is real emotion - not a "fake" show. And truth be told, I've been known to drop to my knee and Tebow on the smallest of occasions. it just feels good! :)

JJ said...

I applaud him for what he is doing. For being so open about his faith and getting people talking about God.
His book is amazing I just finished it last week. It's a great read and has a lot of insight into his early years.
I am trying to not be bothered by all the comments, press, and such. I have friends who keep telling me he needs to stop praying for touchdowns. Which he said he never does.
If this was 40 years ago, he wouldn't be hated on so much for being open about his faith. I like that everyone has their own opinions but some people need to stop talking about things they have no idea about. IE Bill Maher.

hannahstiff said...

I love this post. I think Tebow is great. I certainly don't know his heart, but if he rolls with all the jabs at his faith and carries on, that's pretty legit. Anyways, just started following you! Come by, say hi, and follow back if you feel like it!
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Jessi said...

My only guess about the kneeling to pray thing is that if someone gets injured on the field, they all take a knee and pray (or at least that's how it used to be and still is at Christian schools). Maybe he has just taken that further. If anything needs to be prayed for, he takes a knee??

I wonder with all this "Tebowing" tho if it's become okay to mock a man with true intentions? I guess it's funny but I wonder if he thinks it's funny? Then again, I guess if you're going to do something like that publicly you should be ready to take anything :)

amylu said...

Ann is OBSESSED with Tebow. He's her current celebrity crush. She wears the Bronos Tshirt my dad got her ALL.THE.TIME now.

I think he's a good guy. A little too over the top for me but I'm glad someone is speaking out.

Philip knees and prays on the field by the goal post before every single game. He's been doing it long before Tebow started making it popular. It makes me happy when I see him do it.

Go God! ha

Wendy said...

Well, I'll just cut right to it that I don't like Tebow at all for the simple fact that he led his team to a win AGAINST the Steelers! Just kidding. Actually there is a Steeler player that prays after each play .

He once said this: "success in football doesn't matter. Success in anything doesn't matter. As Mother Teresa said, God calls us not to be successful but to be faithful. My prayer is that I would glorify God no matter what, and not have success be the definition of it."

It excites me to see an outward sign of faith amongst those who have such a public life. Like you said though, I do hope the meaning behind the actions is sincere. And unfortunately I know too many who go to church, because thats what they are expected to do on Sundays, not because they WANT to be there.

Great post..... someday you'll change your mind about the Steelers ;)

Christina said...

I really like the guy myself. I'm a Florida fan, so I admired his football playing side right away, but the more I heard about him, the more I liked. Instead of being accused of being a womanizer (which wouldn't be hard for him), a partier, violence, or even a crap-talker like a lot of other players are the kids admire because of their athletic status, he's known for being humble, giving credit to God and praying. I think it's awesome that kids have someone to look up to that is well known and proclaims his faith consistently!

Danielle said...

Read this quote by Tim Tebow, I think he justifies his behavior on the field very eloquently here...

“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife, I love her, the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and have the opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ,...It is the most important thing in my life, so every opportunity I have to tell him I love him, or I’m given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.”

Courtney said...

I say more power to him as long as God keeps getting the glory. I wonder how things would change if all Christians became so open about their faith. Of course, we're not all as naturally cool as Tebow, but I do think we've all been given a unique way to reflect God's glory and we should absolutely be doing just that. Fantastic post Ruthie! Love you girl!

Lindi said...

When our world is filled with a lot of bad role models and public figures, it's nice to have one person who stands up as a good role model. Did you see he was recently named the NFL's most popular player? It's just great to see that a good message can be just as rewarding and popular as the 'pimp my ride', grill-wearin, bling bling bad boys.

Erin said...

Yes! Love everything about this. :) I love his desire to let his faith be known...especially in an organization that does not place any focus on religion. I also hope his heart is genuine and that he is not doing this in order to gain fans and more fame. I pray that regardless, he is touching the lives of people, young and old. :)

I love your last bit about loving EVERYONE. God does love us all. There are no exceptions! :)

CMae said...

He's just the role model not only young male athletes need but females as well. Prayer and God to be shown in the middle of a game something we need to see on TV and I"m glad he's not afraid to show it/share it with all that watch or cheer for his team.

I've not read anything bad about this young fellow, I hope he keeps spreading the good G-O-D word! :)

Heather said...

preach it! jesus loves ALL. we should love ALL. AMEN, sista!

Samantha said...

So funny, I was going to write about this today until I found myself computer-less. Anyway, my grandpa sent me an interesting email this morning having to do with this, I am going to forward it to you asap!

Meghan said...

I love the way he's bringing attention to his faith! To be honest, I wish I was as brave as he is to showcase my faith as much and as prominently as he does! I honestly think he is genuine not only outwardly, but inward as well!

Chelsea Coleen said...

love this post and love tebow & his beliefs. its that simple :)

Alana said...

I already told you my stance on Tebow, so I'll skip that part. :) But I had no idea he had a rule named after him! Very interesting...

Krista said...

Oh yeah, I think it's pretty awesome when celebs are blatantly open with their faith!

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