God’s involvement in sports? (A Tim Tebow reflection)
Surprisingly I don’t see anybody reflecting on the spiritual ramifications of what has taken place here in the last year and a half surrounding Tim Tebow. It appears to me that this was an interaction between God and satan. Let me first spell out the facts.
In the 2011 football season, the Denver Broncos were doing badly and had a 1-4 record. And despite leading the team to wins in the last 3 games of the previous season. Tebow wasn’t the starting quarterback those 5 games.
So the coach replaced the quarterback with Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow is a very vocal and animated witness for Jesus. In fact he’s one of the very few of this kind that has visibility in the mainstream media.
Tim Tebow went on to win the next 7 of 8 games. And he did so in miraculous fashion, often with come from behind wins in opponents’ stadiums.
This all culminated in a postseason victory over the favored Steelers … also in miraculous fashion.
Fans and the media were flabbergasted during this whole playing out … one of the biggest stories in sports history in my estimation … especially for Christians.
Therefore, there was a big expectation for the Broncos’ next season.
But what happened since is bizarre, and appears to me to only be able to be explained spiritually.
What would have filled the Bronco stadium and excited Christian sports fans the next year, was turned down by Bronco management and Tebow was traded. What???? And this supposedly had something to do with Tebow’s throwing mechanics. Wait a minute. I thought that winning was the object of playing football, not throwing mechanics. And Tebow had already proven that he had great winning mechanics … both in the pros and in college, where he was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2007 and his team won two national championships in 2006 and 2008.
So that made me question what was going on here. And because it wasn’t logical, it must have been spiritual.
But okay, I just wanted to see Tebow in action as a starting quarterback. So maybe God was moving him to a major market … New York … and a bigger spotlight in a very sinful city for Tebow’s outspoken ways for Him.
So what happened? Satan had Tebow benched most of the year to keep him out of the spotlight. So then how did that work out for the new team? Well the team’s quarterback, Mark Sanchez, performed as if he had a curse on him. I conclude that because he did just fine the years before, taking the Jets to the playoffs. As miraculous as Tebow’s plays were the year before, Sanchez’s plays were miraculously bad, in one case missing the handoff to the halfback and then being knocked over backwards by his own lineman and fumbling, with the opponent taking that fumble back for a touchdown.
And when the Jets eventually benched Sanchez, they still didn’t put in Tebow, despite the crowd chants of “Tebow, Tebow.” They put in the other backup quarterback. And now they are talking to trade Sanchez, who once was highly touted.
And oh by the way, how did the Broncos do after Tebow? They brought in one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history to replace Tebow, Peyton Manning. He had a great regular season. But he lost their playoff game, with a miraculous come from behind win by the other team. That means he didn’t even take the team as far as Tebow did.
I point all these things out because this isn’t the regular fare for football. I therefore have to suspect that there is something more going on here. And that something I think is God and satan, given the spiritual ramifications in all this that I’ve spelled out here.
But stay tuned. The story is not over … either with Tim Tebow or between satan and God. Where will Tim Tebow end up next?
Dennis Marcellino is the author of a number of books, including THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is true (www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com).