Have you seen the Tebow 3:16 stuff yet? In their first playoff appearance this year Tim Tebow, who is not normally known for throwing, threw for 316 yards. Yup as you can imagine it's taken off from there. I guess all combined his passes averaged for 31.6 yards per pass.
First there were Broncos Jerzees that had Tebow's number and Jesus' name on them. Then the whole Tebowing thing started, heck even the CBS pregame team was Tebowing after the game.
I gotta wonder though, is it being taken too far? I gotta admit, as both a Christian and a die hard Broncos fan, I CRINGE every time someone mentions the fact that the reason Denver is winning is because Jesus wants them to. Really? Out of all the things that Jesus could want, he cares this much about Denver's football team? Many people think that God must be answering the prayers of Tebow's fans. I guess I kind of wish that Tebow's fan base would take a hint from Tim himself and learn to pray for different, more meaningful things. But we are a people that still pray to win the lottery, and for good parking spaces even. So I guess it shouldn't surprise me.
There is a saying that gets tossed around a lot lately, first world problems. Only in America and similar countries do we have a luxurious life that we can spend time praying about a football game. Many folks in the world simply pray that they have enough to eat or clean water to drink.
I also think that saying Tebow and the Broncos are winning because God's answering prayer or because God wants them to win sets a pretty nasty precedent in the minds of some believers. Our expectancy for God to answer our prayers can lead us to a great deal of disappointment when God doesn't seem to come through especially for the big things. What if a child prays that her father stops beating her, and he doesn't? What if a mother prays her child doesn't have cancer anymore and he still does? Is that not what God wants? Is the prayer not important enough? Does God only listen to prayers on behalf of those who are rich and famous?
I love sports just as much as the next guy but it scares me sometimes, the theology of sports. The things that God 'seems' to teach us through sporting events.
What do you think? Am I reading too much into this? Do you think God cares about football games, and talent contests and other competitions? Would love your thoughts.