Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Challenge - Have a Sense of Humor

This week Tebow's Q&A with ESPN's snarky Kenny Mayne was released, and the reactions were mixed.

Why? Because we got to see more than flashes of Tim Tebow's sense of humor. Those who both love and hate Tebow seem uneasy by him having a good sense of humor.

Why again? Because humor is often dangerous, and that's what often makes comedy "funny" and gives it its edge, and those who love the "idea of Tebow" more than the man don't want their "Superman" image disrupted.

Dan Shanoff, who is "chronicling the Tebow era" on his TimTeblog, had this to say about the interview:

When Tim Tebow does interviews -- either in a press conference setting or maybe a magazine sit-down -- you don't really get a sense of his sense of humor... even if he has one. (Emphasis ours)

Do those who devote so much time to covering and following Tim Tebow really think he doesn't have a sense of humor? Probably, because so many people of devout faith, and we're talking about all faiths here - not just Christians, are in fact guilty of having a lack of sense of humor at times. And by lack, we mean a severe lack of a sense of humor.

But his interview is actually a good example on how you can have a good sense of humor, roll with a few verbal jabs, and still be sincere and relevant about your faith. No need to become angry and offended, have a sense of humor about it:

KM: When Sam Jackson made a "What Would Jesus Twitter" joke about you at the ESPYs, there were groans in the crowd. But when they cut to you, you thought it was funny. Right?

TT: I can see why people could get offended, but I didn't. My faith's out there.

KM: I wonder what Jesus actually would tweet?

TT: "Believe in me."

KM: He'd have a lot of characters to burn still, but at least the content is powerful.

TT: Absolutely. But He already tweeted enough. We just have to look at it.

KM: Do you believe God controls every detail? Or did He set things up perfectly and give the world a spin, and now we're on our own?

TT: The way I figure is if nothing bad ever ­happened, there wouldn't be a need for faith. The Bible says we're tested and made stronger through trials and tribulations. But He's here, helping us out.

KM: What I mean is that there could be a person in the hospital who is going to die of cancer, and down the hall, someone who is going to beat it. I find it hard to believe that God would say, "All right, you, you get to die. And you, you get to live." Do you think that's true?

TT: God has a plan for everything. Some people might say, "Well my plan's not as good as this person's plan." But in God's eyes, it is. Not ­everybody's called upon to do the same thing or to be here on Earth the same amount of time. It's like the Body of Christ. Not everybody's going to be the eye or the mouth. Somebody has to be the foot. I'm not saying that's anything less. In fact, in God's eyes it's the same. You just have to look at what He called on you to do and do it to the best of your ability. You can't question why, because then you won't have the faith you should.

KM: I haven't been to church since having knee surgery. Do you have the authority to absolve me of my sin there?

TT: I don't have any authority to do anything with your sin.

KM: You once wore John 3:16 on your eyeblack, similar to how Reggie Bush has worn 6-1-9 for his area code. What is the significance of that passage to you?

TT: Yeah, I wore that for the national championships. It's the essence of Christianity: "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." God calls on us to do one thing, and that's believe. People try to complicate it, but it's very simple. That's why I wrote it.

KM: What if it had smudged into John 8:15? Could you have quoted that passage?

TT: I know a few verses, but not John 8:15. I'd have to have someone write on a new one.

And if you don't believe us, ask yourself this, what good does being so serious all the time do for you?Because we all know that stress and anxiety are at the root of most illnesses and diseases. So do what the good book suggests, Be Happy!, (or otherwise stated):

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but depression drains one's strength." (Proverbs 17:22)

So lighten up, let that sense of humor out, and tell a joke or two. And don't worry, while we know Tebow has a great sense of humor, all though somewhat dry, he tells terrible jokes. Lame jokes even. No one is actually "perfect" after all. And just think, you can be so better than Tebow in this regard (just keep 'em clean).

And just in case you were curious, John 8:15 says this, "You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one." Makes you wonder if Mayne knew? Too bad Timmy T. didn't, because it would have been pretty funny to see Tebow lay that one on Mayne.

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