I’ve always been a Denver Broncos fan.  I’ve followed the team (albeit loosely) since the days of John Elway and Terrell Davis.  Now there seems to be some sort of recent phenomenon.  The Tebow effect.  The fact that one man comes in, turns a team around, gives God credit, and becomes the sports news item of the year.  Christians are jumping on board, and making Tim Tebow the most incredible role model of all time.  I know tons of bloggers have written on Tebow’s faith, the pros and cons of his open faith.

But what if Tebow fails?

Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the guy.  But the problem with making another human being the end all is that they fail sometimes.  What if Tebow never wins a Super Bowl?  What if he never wins another game?  Or worse, what if his morals are compromised?  I wouldn’t never hope this would happen, but it’s a real possibility.  Look at President Obama, so many people had such high expectations of his presidency before he was even elected, that now that he hasn’t been able to deliver in each and every area people are growing dissatisfied.

I don’t care what your politics are, or what you think of Tim Tebow.  The whole issue boils down to when we put someone on a pedestal.  We begin to see them as some kind of hero, a champion of faith, or ideals, or whatever.  But no one can deliver everything.  This isn’t Tebow’s fault, it’s ours.

If we don’t change our attitude from Tim Tebow being the Savior, to just being a good Christian guy, then we’ll be the ones who are let down. 

Sorry, Tim, we’ve put way too much pressure on you as an athlete and a Christian.  The day you stop succeeding you’ll become a bad taste in our mouths, but that’s not your fault.  It’s ours.

What would you tell Tim Tebow if you had the chance?

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9 responses to Tebow.

  1. Great thoughts. As humans, we have a need for a savior in our DNA. Anytime someone comes along that fits the role, we glorify them as the savior. Only one problem: they can never be the savior, only Jesus can. Bad things happen when we choose a savior that isn’t Jesus.

  2. Well said Seth. I don’t ever seeing me having a chance to meet TT but if I do I hope he doesn’t disappoint by being someone who is unreachable. He does not appear to be. I would tell him to make sure he is never alone is a mixed crowd or hotel. It is said the Albert Pujols will not get into an elevator by himself if there is a woman already in it. I would tell Tim to keep his eyes open and spirit tuned to the Spirit.

    • I can imagine Tebow would be receptive to those thoughts 🙂 I\’ve heard he\’s a pretty standup guy, I doubt you\’d be disappointed.

  3. you’re right, of course. but it’s still a great story line going on 😉

  4. I think it’s a good thing. I think it can be a definite inspiration to children and can hopefully portray a positive image of a Christian in culture. But I do agree that people are investing too much in him. It’s almost as if some people are cheering for him to fail.

  5. From Tiger Woods to Joe Paterno, obviously high caliber well known athletic superstars are just as vulnerable to sin as the rest of us. I would tell Tim Tebow that I’m legitimately praying for him whenever I see his name mentioned somewhere. I pray he can steer clear of the many temptations that would clearly love to have him.

  6. Great points. No one person should be on a pedestal but he has a wonderful chance to represent God and His strength. Looking forward to seeing what happens in his life.