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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: Tebow loves Jesus Christ, and what's wrong with that?

Albany Herald Guest Columnist Furman Bisher

Albany Herald Guest Columnist Furman Bisher

Somewhere the other day, I read this: "Tim Tebow's love of Jesus Christ makes people nervous."

Hm-m-m-m, think that over for a minute.

In wartime, for instance, would you rather be in a foxhole with a soldier who loves Jesus Christ or a heathen? You think "tough," don't you? And loving Jesus Christ suggests "soft," doesn't it?

In the long run, it makes no difference, it's just that Tebow has gone "public" with his faith. Pray, if you will, but keep it to yourself, so to speak.

Truth is, Tebow has worn his faith "on his sleeve," so to speak, long before he arrived in the NFL. He suggested a prayer among college prospects while they gathered for the NFL Draft, and some were inhibited. He isn't a missionary carrying his faith into the NFl, as if on a mission. Maybe it's because of his openness, which to some indicates that he's working an inside pipeline to heaven.

It's sort of like tobacco smoking in some ways. Your faith is OK if you don't go public with it, but OK if you keep it private. How many times, by the way, have you seen players from two football teams kneel in prayer together after a bruising, hard-hitting game? It always gives my spirit a lift when I see it, one minute trying to knock the other guy's head off, then on your knees, holding his hand in prayer.

Tim Tebow is unorthodox in many ways, including his playing style and his lifestyle. He's a quarterback who is more effective as a runner than a passer. He has the physique of a tight end, and he'll stick his head in places most traditional quarterbacks wouldn't dare. And his kind of play has the Denver Broncos on a streak. Once, I've read, his manner didn't warm John Elway's heart, but the quarterback who preceded him when Dan Reeves coached the Broncos has warmed up to him.

In Denver, some fans have come to call him as the "Mile High Messiah." None of his Bronco teammates are incensed, so I've read. Perhaps he has become accepted as a "divine intervention."

And as I come to my conclusion, I wonder how it might have been for Billy Sunday, the outfielder who turned evangelist after eight seasons in the National League in the primitive days of Major League Baseball.

And I leave it at that.

Comments

herewegoagain 2 years, 4 months ago

The only thing I have against Tebow was he was a gator instead of DAWG! I have a great respect for the man and his Faith. That is the biggest thing wrong with this country now is we have gotten away from being ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

The thing I say is any body that think God care about football or who win or lose a football game is not in touch with Almighty God.

"My ways are not your ways" God Said It!

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The_Dude 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes, but God does care if we give Him the glory win or lose -- in football or anything else. "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm a "Dawg" through and through and "hated" Tebow when he was in Gainesville. And, quite honestly, I didn't believe he'd ever be an effective NFL qb. But, if my children want a pro-player as a role model, I hope they choose someone like Tim Tebow. He's a breath of fresh air compared to the numerous showboats in the NFL. And, since when did it become controversial for a man to stand by what he believes? Take the time to research Tebow. He's an amazing young man.

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whattheheck 2 years, 4 months ago

It is a pleasure to see a good person get ahead as a positive role model in a profession noted for thugs and brushes with the law. And it is a pleasure to see him prove the sports media elite wrong--he can play and can play well. Perhaps some of his good qualities will rub off on some of the others--surely couldn't hurt, could it?

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