So let me get this straight. Tim Tebow is a Christian. He is very vocal about his faith. He prays to God before, during, and after his games. He gives God credit for touchdowns and victories. And therefore God is rewarding him (and his team?) by assisting in one amazing play after another? Even allowing the helpless Broncos to defeat the mighty Steelers? Surely there is justice in the world! But what happens when the Broncos lose? Are there no Christians on the Steelers? Are they not praying to the same God that Tebow prays to?
Hear me out on this. I like Tim Tebow. I love the fact that he seeks to put God first in his life (isn’t this what the Bible tells us to do?). I love that he has a heart for world missions (we could learn something from him on this). I love that he deflects attention away from himself after games. I love that he finds time to visit sick kids in the hospital during the season. I love that he remains humble even though his jersey is one of the best selling in the NFL. But does all this mean that God is helping Tebow and the Broncos win football games? Give me a break.
Look, I get it. The guy wins games. Sometimes he wins games in the most unlikely way possible. Some might even say “miraculous.” He’s clutch. He’s a fierce competitor and a winner. But it doesn’t change the fact that 8,000 people will die today from Malaria, a disease that is preventable and treatable. There are more people enslaved in our world today than at any point in history. 16,000 children will die today from starvation. And God cares about a football game?
Let me be clear. I do believe that God is active in our world. I see signs of it every day. Lost people find their way to God. Broken people are restored into God’s image. Orphans realize that they are children of God. Hopeless people find peace and hope in God’s kingdom. A kingdom where Christ is presently reigning. A kingdom where justice prevails and the oppressed are set free. A kingdom with a football field? I’m not convinced.