Who gets the glory: God or Tim Tebow?

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Dear Dave Decker,

I believe that you’re missing an important role Tim Tebow played in football: he gave glory to God. I get where you’re coming from when, in a child’s perspective, you say “why did God let the bad team win?” I would have thought the same if I were a child, watching my favorite football team (U of O) lose to the “bad team” *cough* OSU *cough* with the help of the “good guy.” I’m pretty sure that there were Christians who were not sided with the Bronco’s, but still recognized Tebow as a devout Christian. I’m an athlete, and I know that sports are just games, no matter the league. There’s more to life than that, and that’s what Tebow shows when he’s on the field.

Written in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 is “[r]ejoice always; pray without seizing, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for in Jesus Christ.” Tim Tebow gave thanks after every game; wither a win or a lost. You said that the gesture Tebow gave was unnecessary because he was getting all the praise, not God. When Tebow wrote John 3:16 on his face, over six million people googled that verse. Six million people who never heard of Jesus learned of his astounding love for them because one man, a talented athlete who could have given himself glory, chose to give his God the glory. My dad was a high school football coach, and during one of the many football conferences he attended during a year, Tim Tebow spoke at one of them, and my dad couldn’t exaggerate enough about how much Tebow talked about God and not his own accomplishments.

Dave, the only thing you saw or heard about Tebow was either in front of a camera, in the newspaper, or on every other kind of public news feed; what you didn’t see was off camera. I’m not saying he’s the perfect Christian or anything like that, but as an athlete I saw him glorify God not his own hard work and dedication to the sport, and heard from my trustworthy father about Tebow’s undying love and faith for God. ESPN isn’t going to talk about God because they’re going to get a whole lot of criticism from people who listen to their station, or it’s possible that their bosses told them not to talk about God. I think you’re wrong about Tim Tebow and his gesture of tebowing: God was glorified by him and his faith most likely gave me many more brothers and sisters in Christ. 

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4 responses to “Who gets the glory: God or Tim Tebow?

  1. You Amy are wonderful example. I believe you that you liked the article. I also believe that you feel moved to do something. However, I don’t believe you are that motivated. Don’t misunderstand me this is not an insult. Most people can get passionate about a subject for the appropriate two minutes. It takes an extra something however to get it past just a feeling and turn it into action.

  2. Ignore the first comment I copied the wrong one here is the real one. I agree with you Tim has done a lot of good. He told his story and helped many people. However, keep in mind that it is rather difficult to hear from a successful person how kind God is. Dave is not against Tim expressing himself when he is asked about it. When he is asked it is great that he tells the world what he believes. But maybe rather than being flashy he could try humility and less showy.

  3. Wow, I really enjoyed your article! While I saw and understood what Decker was trying to get at, I found myself not fully agreeing with him, even though I couldn’t put concrete thoughts on why or how. But after reading your article, that’s exactly it! As an athlete, when you do something well, it’s hard to give the credit to anyone but yourself; however, Time Tebow did it countless times. It’s all about a greater statement rather than just rejoicing for winning. It’s about giving God the glory and the credit for what was done. Again, I loved this post. It was well written, had voice, facts and opinions that helped portray your opinion on the matter.

  4. I like how you pointed out not just how Tim Tebow acts in front of the camera in the limelight, but how he acts as a person, behind the scenes. Of course, all people really focus on, or care about is how he acts on the spot. You really show your true colors when the camera is off. I like what you wrote about.

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