Why Tim ‘Tebows’ – Has He Ever Actually Read the Bible??
I don't think anyone should be ashamed of their religious convictions. But I'm no big fan of being overly ostentatious or demonstrative of your religious beliefs. I feel this way because of an obscure book I once read called "The Holy Frickin' Bible"!!
Tim Tebow is, I'm sure, a great guy. I'm also sure he's very sincere in his beliefs. But, over the weekend he gave a quote about why he chooses to "Tebow" in front of thousands of people in a stadium and millions watching on TV every Sunday. As I listened, I was reminded of a scripture I'd read that seemed to admonish Christians to ... well, how can I say this ... to NOT DO EXACTLY WHAT TIM TEBOW DOES!! Click the jump below and you can hear Tim explain his position. Then, I'll analyze it compared to what God's second favorite son, Jesus, had to say.
TIM: "For me, it's a great opportunity in a public platform to get on a knee and humble myself and thank the Lord."
Matthew 6:5: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."
Buzz 3:16: Yeah, Jesus is pretty clearly saying here that you should avoid praying in a public way so that people can see you and admire you for your piety. In Jesus-times they had synagogues and street corners. In our day, I would say on an NFL football field, during a game, which is televised is the kind of display that would make Jesus' stigmata start to boil.
TIM: "It's something I do more for myself than for anybody else."
Matthew 6:6: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
BUZZ 3: 16: Let's see if we can think of any places that would more closely match the criteria of "in a room with the door closed" than on the field of a stadium that seats 80,000-plus people:
- At home before you go to the stadium
- At the hotel, if it's an away game
- In the locker room, right before you go onto the field.
- ANY place other than where the most people that are going to be looking at you during the entire week preceding or following the time you actually do choose to pray.
TIM: "I've been doing it for the last 6 or 7 years and I guess this year it just kind of caught on a little bit more."
Matthew 6:7: "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words."
BUZZ 3:16: Yeah. Knock it the f*c* off. You're a great kid but, according to my Bible, you're just pissing God off.