Tim Tebow recently decided to copyright his signature prayer position popularly known as “Tebowing”. He said that he did this to prevent exploitation of the term by those who would use it in a way inconsistent with his beliefs. What started out as a genuine expression of one person’s faith is now the cause for much discussion, debate, and foolish rhetoric.
Unbelievers do not like any display of faith, some even claim that many Christian’s also believe that Tim Tebow’s public prayer is “demeaning, frivolous, absurd, and ludicrous”. We are to give thanks in everything (Colossians 1:12, 3:17, 4:12; Ephesians 5:20). Nothing is too trivial to thank God for, because every good thing comes from Him (James 1:17).
Here are the facts: An NFL football player, who takes his faith in God seriously, who gives God the glory for all he has and is, and who makes God the center of his life, exhibited his faith by kneeling and praying during nationally televised NFL football games. The media, and others, heavily publicized this and reaction from those who approved, and those who disapproved, was forthcoming.
Christians, who believe that Mr. Tebow is sincere about his faith, applauded him for publically giving thanks to God, whether his team won or lost. All Christians should support him simply for the fact that he is not afraid to live out his faith in front of a world who largely thinks they do not need God. Even if Tebow were merely doing all this for personal gain, which is highly unlikely given everything known about him, public prayer is still a positive display. The apostle Paul rejoiced that the Gospel was being spread, regardless of the motives of those doing the spreading, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice” (Philippians 1:15-19 ESV)
Atheists, and other non-believers, immediately began to criticize and ridicule Mr. Tebow. Since NFL football league is not part of government, they could not use their favorite piece of ridiculous rhetoric (the separation of church and state) therefore, they resorted to their second line of attack: ridicule the man, his character, and his beliefs.
Some ridicule Tim Tebow’s dedication to God. They posit that he prays merely to gain favor for his football team, while prayers for more serious issues go unprayed. This proves, once again, that it is much easier to knock down a straw man than it is to deal with the truth. Any Christian, who takes their faith seriously enough to know, prays for the little things and the big things (I Thessalonians 5:17). The believer’s every minute is spent in communion (prayer) with God. The true person of faith seeks God’s will, His strength, and His guidance in every aspect of daily living. Those who say that Tim Tebow’s faith consists merely of prayer for an NFL win on Sunday afternoon, know nothing of what is means to have true faith. Desiring to have God involved in every part or one’s life, the big parts and the small parts, should be the desire of every professing Christian. It should characterize their existence as it does Tim Tebow’s.