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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