Tim Tebow’s hot.
Don’t worry. I think my husband’s hotter, but I still say Tebow’s hot.
He’s not afraid to stand up for Jesus Christ. He’s not just “down with J.C,” he lives for Him – on and off the field.
And he’s taking plenty of slack because of it.
Just Monday, former Broncos quarterback, Jake Plummer, blasted Tebow during a radio interview by saying:
“Tebow, regardless of whether I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates, I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.”
Translation: You’re a good player, Tebow, but please just shut up about your faith.
Tebow’s reponse Tuesday on ESPN’s First Take:
“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity?
“And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life. So any time I get an opportunity to tell him that I love him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity. And so I look at it as a relationship that I have with him that I want to give him the honor and glory anytime I have the opportunity. And then right after I give him the honor and glory, I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory.
“And that’s how it works because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates. I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner. But I feel like anytime I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise, he is due for it.”
Translation: Thanks for the compliment, Jake. Sorry to disappoint you, though, because I’m not going to shut up.
I say good for him!
Tim’s boldness has opened up the door for a nation-wide conversation, and in turn, Tim’s getting what he wants.
Jesus Christ is getting attention.
Fox Sports.com’s columnist, Jen Floyd Engel summed it up best earlier this month in her article Why the heck do we hate Tim Tebow? when she said:
I could not figure out what was causing this onslaught of venom for a guy almost everybody claims to like, and I finally decided it is more about us. He makes us uncomfortable. He is a reminder that the blue-red, liberal-conservative fight over taking God out of everyday life is intellectually dishonest. He is too good.
Tebow is proof that God goes comfortably into whatever arena of your life you wish to take Him. I used to work with a great guy, Simon Gonzalez, a very devout Christian, and he prayed before every meal. Others would be killing free press meals and he would stop, bow his head and silently say thanks. He was not making a spectacle of his beliefs. He believed that God deserved thanks for what was before him, and not just when convenient for Simon. And people would squirm — not because what he was doing was wrong but because it was right. It is the same for Tebow.
Thankfully, Tim realizes his “goodness” comes from Christ and Christ alone.
Whether Tim will turn into a memorable quarterback is still undetermined. What is for sure, though, is that Tim’s outward display of his devotion to Christ above all else doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
What about ours?