With all the quarterback drama that is going on with the Denver Broncos, one of the most criticized athletes in sports over the past year has been Tim Tebow. In the past couple of weeks, Tebow’s faith has come into question, in particular CBSSPORTS.com’s Gregg Doyel. In the article he wrote on August 6th that was debated on ESPN2 this morning, Doyel takes shots at Tebow’s faith in God thinking he has a sense of entitlement to be the starting quarterback.
Here is an excerpt from that article:
“Tebow has been a great billboard for Christianity — just as Muhammad Ali has been a great billboard for Islam, and Sandy Koufax a great billboard for Judaism — but that doesn’t mean he will be rewarded with a starting job in the NFL. Maybe deep inside his heart Tebow knows that, but from the outside it doesn’t look that way. From the outside it looks like Tebow equates his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards here on earth.
And that’s more than wrong.
Is it God’s plan for Tebow to start in Denver? We don’t know that because we don’t know what the Lord has planned for us. That is why we should not assume the Lord’s plans for anybody. We also should not judge what a man thinks. When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was teaching at the temple, he taught that the people “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24).” I can’t tell you what’s in your heart just like you can’t tell what is in mine.
Another excerpt in the article talked about what Tebow compared to faith in his latest autobiography. He says that faith is like a muscle. “You trust God for the small things and when He comes through, your muscle grows. This enables you to trust God for the bigger things, in fact, all things.” (Tebow, Through My Eyes)
Doyel however focuses on what if God doesn’t come through instead of coming through “Being a backup in the NFL doesn’t compare to those situations — but what if God’s mysterious plan for Tebow is to watch from the sideline? God doesn’t plan for every Christian quarterback to be a starter, and as far as I know, He doesn’t play favorites. Not even for Tim Tebow.”
Doyel is right that God sometimes doesn’t give us what we want, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give up on our faith. Our faith should be growing even when we face adversity and temptation. Jesus was telling His disciples this when He told them the parable of the mustard seed “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20)
When we put our faith out in the open, we know that sometimes non-believers will not always be thrilled about it. The Lord might not want us to be the starting quarterback, but if it is His will, then so be it. He will put us in the situations where we can best glorify in His name in anything we say and do. If someone is criticizing you for your faith, I pray that you open your Bible and take a look at one of the Beatitudes Jesus gives during the Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10).