Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What Tebow dissenters are really afraid of

Jacob Moffitt is a senior English major in Wichita and has written one of the most honest reasons we've seen someone give, at least in print, on why they don't like Tebow.  And it's fair.

The reason I and many others may dislike Tebow so much is because he seems to have such a better life than we do, and he seems to clearly be a much better person then me. He is highly successful, rich, famous, in shape, has great sportsmanship, and he even has The Tim Tebow Foundation—which helps “bring a brighter day to deserving children.”
I have trouble trusting Tebow because I don’t want him to be involved in some scandal that will disvalue all of his previous endeavors (not saying he will but it has happened many times in the past), thus, being caught in some hypocritical scandal, abusing his power like Ted Haggard or Jim Bakker. I want him to truly be what he claims to be.
I’m just afraid Tebow will let me down, and all of those who view him as such a unique and great human being. Don’t let us down Tebow. America needs you. I need you to prove me wrong. I need you to show me that people can be religious with money and fame and not mess up. Tebow if you continue to prove that you are legit in your beliefs, you might be able to renew my faith in people. Please don’t let me down Tebow, but if you could cut back on the constant prayers and kneeling on the field, that would be great.

Full story here.

Our challenge to all the Jacobs of the world that are afraid to put their trust in Tebow is to be the hero in their own lives, in their sphere of  influence.  No one is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  And instead of putting your trust in a football player to be a good influence, you be it instead.

Now that it is the off-season for Tebow and the Broncos, we'd like to reissue the challenge to make Tebow "irrelevent" again because it illustrates  how important it is that we all become good leaders.  We can't all rely on one guy to be a good role model.  We are all role models, good or bad, because wherever we go, someone sees us and sees what we do and how we do it.  Like it or not, we're all role models and we can all make a positive difference in the world, or not. It's our choice.

Below is our original challenge, and let's see how many new "heroes" emerge by the start of the 2012 football season.  Make Tebow one of the many, instead of letting him be one of the few.

To all the Christians who read this blog, we'd like to issue you this challenge.  Let's make Tebow irrelevant.  Imagine that so many Christians actually lived a strong Christian life that someone like Tebow was so typical, so commonplace that it wouldn't warrant discussing, much less dissecting.

How about bringing the same passion, commitment, determination, hard work and excellence to our everyday lives that others are forced to consider our faith and our God as a result of our everyday actions?

How about taking the hits from the skeptics in our sphere of influence with the same polite, level headed and gracious approach that we see Tebow do, week after week, year after year?

Instead of "tebowing", i.e. taking a picture of yourself pretending to pray, how about really praying for those around you who are in need?

Instead of wearing a 15 jersey with "Jesus" emblazoned on the back, how about feeding the sick, supporting orphans, visiting prisoners, and providing health care to those less fortunate.  How about acting like a follower of the real Jesus, instead of just wearing his name?

And instead of "believing" Tebow can get it done on the field, how about we all join him off the field and make being a real Christian the standard and not the exception? 

Let Tebow silence his critics on the field, and let us as fans join forces and silence the critics off the field by making the man Tebow is just one of the many instead of one of the few.