“It is that aw-shucks persona that bolsters Tebow’s popularity — part everyman, part saint. In 2009, before his senior season, Tebow was asked at a football media event whether he was “saving” himself for marriage. He smiled and answered yes, and joked that the reporters seemed more embarrassed than he did.
Recalling the encounter, Tebow wrote in his book, “I didn’t understand — and still don’t — why it was something that needed to be asked. Since when does anybody else get asked that?”
Just a wild guess, but maybe it has something to do with THIS!
“But he seemed pleased that the subject was raised.”
The operative term is “seemed.”
“I realized that young women and men heard my answer and would continue to hear it going forward,” Tebow wrote. “As a result, there was the chance that they might find encouragement in my words and lifestyle to do the same and to wait until they were married to engage in sexual activity.”
The furthest he has delved into politics came during the 2010 Super Bowl, when he and his mother, Pam, starred in a commercial paid for by Focus on the Family. The ad featured Pam making allusions to the story of her difficult pregnancy with “Timmy” while she and her husband, Bob, worked in the Philippines. Doctors recommended an abortion, she said. Instead, she gave birth to Tim.
The ad stirred debate about the appropriateness of political messages during the Super Bowl. Again, Tebow saw something bigger at play.
“They did a survey about three weeks after that commercial aired,” he said in 2010. “And that survey said that five and a half million people, because of that, changed their stance on pro-life.”
Such messages seem to come on his terms. When he was asked about same-sex marriage by a Washington Post reporter during his book tour last year, a publicist interjected and said it was off-topic.”
Is it now?
Doesn’t sound like Tim’s getting with the program, Maggie. Or maybe he’s just warming up and he’ll soon go all Kirk Cameron on us.
Satan’s so simpatico ya know.
“And while Tebow’s name has been invoked often in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and his endorsement could be as powerful as that of any political figure, he has resisted any temptation to show support for a specific candidate.
He is, after all, just a football player. Isn’t he? “
An excellent question,
NYT reader Isabelle (from Brooklyn) writes:
“I’m beyond tired of reading about this man and his elaborate public displays of religious sentiment. We already have politicians trying to shove their religion down our throats and enact it into law every day in the man section (at least until they get caught with prostitutes, nabbed in some corruption scam, etc.). This man is a professional athlete — keep him and his proselytizing confined to the sports pages.”
An excelllent suggest — save for the fact that its already spilled over to the Op-Ed pages where Ross Asshat notes –
“New Yorkers are a sophisticated lot, and the Tebow hype will afford them plenty of opportunities for eye-rolling. The sophisticated football fan will tell you that Tebow is a bad-to-mediocre quarterback with a few unusual skills who rode a lucky streak to undeserved fame; the rest is just the standard media fantasy about “intangibles” and “grit” dressed up with spirituality.”
“The sophisticated atheist will inform you that in a vast and complicated cosmos, there will inevitably be temporary patterns that give the appearance of some divine design. But it would be even more ridiculous for a secular-minded football fan to root against Tebow than for a religious fan to root for him: in a godless, random universe, failure is no more metaphysically significant than success. (Or as Grantland’s Brian Phillips put it: “If you’re against Tebow, you can’t read too much into Tebow’s failures, or else Tebow has already won.”)”
Sorry, I don’t understand that either.
“The sophisticated Christian, meanwhile, may be a little embarrassed by the whole Tebow business. A sophisticate’s God doesn’t care about trivia like who wins football games. A sophisticate’s theology doesn’t depend on what some musclehead does with the pigskin.
But let’s be unsophisticated for a moment. Why is Tim Tebow such a fascinating and polarizing figure? Not just because he claims to be religious; that claim is commonplace among football stars and ordinary Americans alike. Rather, it’s because his conduct — kind, charitable, chaste, guileless — seems to actually vindicate his claim to be in possession of a life-altering truth.”
Like Beatrice Stockwell
“Nothing discredits religion quite like the gap that often yawns between what believers profess and how they live. With Tebow, that gap seems so narrow as to be invisible. (“There’s not an ounce of artifice or phoniness or Hollywood in this kid Tebow,” ESPN’s Rick Reilly wrote last year of the quarterback’s charitable works, “and I’ve looked everywhere for it.”) He fascinates, in part, because he behaves — at least in public, and at least for now — the way one would expect more Christians to behave if their faith were really true.”
“at least for now”
“But the fascination doesn’t end there. Tebow’s religion doesn’t just promise a path to personal transformation. It claims that every human life is actually a story with an Author, and that a genuinely Christian life should make that divine Authorship manifest.
So in Tebow’s case, the link between faith and football can’t actually be broken. The more that his professional career seems like, well, a storybook — with exciting up and downs, new opportunities and unexpected twists — the more credible his faith in providence becomes.
Note that “a storybook” is not the same as “an inevitable success.” In Christian theology as in young-adult fiction, even the author’s most beloved characters can suffer pain, temptation, failure, exile. The lives of the saints often end in martyrdom. The gentle, brutalized Peeta Mellark is as much the hero of “The Hunger Games” as the indomitable Katniss Everdeen.
So even the most pious of Jets fans shouldn’t expect a Super Bowl title. But if their new quarterback’s story really has an Author, they’re in for a pretty interesting ride.”
Somebody get the man a fan!
Meanwhile far less impressionable NYT reader Ekeizer4, Oregon writes:
“In his book, Tebow wrote that he was 6 when ‘I knew I was ready to accept Jesus into my heart.’”
To me, this just reinforces how bizarre it is to tell six-year-olds stories about a man being nailed to a cross. Parents won’t let their children see PG-13 movies, yet they’ll happily talk about Jesus being scourged and tortured. They tell kids not to believe in ghosts or the monster under the bed, yet with a straight face they expect these same kids to believe that Jesus rose from the dead.
I don’t care much about Tebow. He’s just the latest manifestation of a broader problem with rationality.”
You mean there’s something irrational about worshipping a flesh-eating zombie?
And while we’re on the subject here’s a lovely song God
wrote about kissing, that I for one think Tim Tebow should take to heart