I am a Tim Tebow fan

I love Tim Tebow.

Partially because I have recently converted to being a Denver Broncos fan. I am a Washington Redskins fan by birth. I was born in Washington, DC. The glory days of the Redskins was during my K-12 years in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.

However, I can no longer take the last 20 years of pain that have come from being a Redskins fan. I may reconsider when Daniel Snyder sells the team.

I now live in Casper, WY. The Denver professional sports teams are our local teams. Might as well root for the team that one can regularly watch on TV, right. But it was not until Tim Tebow that I decided to convert.

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I am not a University of Florida fan. Some of my friends and teachers got theirs PhDs in political science from Florida, but when it comes to sports I loathe pretty much anything related to the SEC.

I love Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is one religious guy. For much of my life, that would have made we suspicious. Evangelical Christians have always been my foe, whether on my Mormon side or my secular liberal side.

However, I have recently come to realize that my conception of evangelicals and Protestants was largely based an a set of false straw men. My interaction with inter-faith groups her in Casper has really opened my eyes to the diversity and virtues of the many Christian groups out there.

I love Tim Tebow

In my theoretical work, I reject that idea of natural rights, but I also feel that liberalism and Christianity have much in common. I am also amongst a rather small group of liberals that are open to religious express in the public sphere. I think this is one reason that I am not bothered by Tebow’s open and public approach to his faith. We likely have many theological differences…but I tend to have theological differences with just about everyone.

I also think that it is a form of humility when Tebow gives credit to God for he success. If God makes all things possible, then he also deserves the credit for our successes. This does not mean that God is intervening on behalf of the Broncos or even rooting for them (heck, they finished 8-8).

When we thank God for our food, are we implying that God must love us more than those that have less? I hope not.

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I love Tim Tebow

I am not sure if Tebow will be a great NFL QB or not, but I am impressed with him as a young man.

For Christmas, I gave my 9 year old son Tebow’s book.

My son is our family jock with some football potential. The thing that he noticed when he started reading the book…each chapter starts with a Bible verse.

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My son talks to me about Tebow’s humanitarian work. As my son advances as an athlete, I am glad that he can have examples like Tim Tebow.

I love Tim Tebow.

I will likely not be able to say this for a while after today:

Go Broncos and Go Tim Tebow.

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  • Frank

    I’ve been converted too. But, I have come to understand that secular liberalism is for the most part fascistic, not much different than socialism.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithpromotingrumor/ Chris H.

    Well, Frank…you and I best stick to Tebow. ;)

    However, I will surely have future posts which deal with liberalism and socialism.

  • http://faithpromotingrumor.com Bored in Vernal

    When we thank God for our food, are we implying that God must love us more than those that have less? I hope not.

    eech… I’ve been caught in that spiral before, and it is paralyzing. After having come back from such a situation, I’m glad that Tebow can express his faith publicly without necessarily invalidating the faith of anyone else.

  • http://heartissuesforlds.wordpress.com Todd Wood

    I love Tim Tebow.

    My ten year old, football jock, son loves Tim Tebow.

    Coincidentally, I love Casper, Wyoming.

    My brother-in-law, who is currently a pastor in Rexburg, grew up in Casper.

    Despite our theological differences, thanks for the post, Chris.

  • larryco_

    If we’ve learned two things this past NFL season, it’s 1) the Lord watches Sunday football, at least the 4th quarter and overtime, and 2) He does have favorites and blesses them with miracles far cooler than the whole water to wine thingy.

    Now, bring on the big budget Tebow – The Movie (directed by Peter Jackson), followed by Tebow – The Musical, by the South Park guys!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithpromotingrumor/ Chris H.

    Todd (BTW, Todd is my middle name and the first name of my oldest).

    Where is your brother a pastor at in Rexburg? As you likely remember, I lived there for 3 years (still own a home there). I regret not getting to know any of the other churches there.

    Let me know if you ever make it out to Casper!

  • http://heartissuesforlds.wordpress.com Todd Wood

    Grace Baptist Church. Little log building right in an industrial section. BYU-Idaho students usually pop in every Sunday for evening or morning services. Class assignments.

    And yes, I will need to look you up the next time I make it to Casper.

  • http://mormonheretic.org Mormon Heretic

    I hate the Broncos, but I love Tim Tebow. I was happy that Tim beat the Steelers last week, but I still hate the Broncos. They play my Patriots this week, so I am hoping for no Tebow miracles.

    The funny thing is I strongly dislike BYU, but found myself rooting for Jimmer. I like Shaq and Charles Barkley, even though I hate their teams. I guess I am full of contradictions.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithpromotingrumor/ Chris H.

    MH,

    I had been indifferent about the Broncos. I only hate the Dallas Cowboys (I did like them between the ages of 5 and 10…I was also a Republican then).

    My son pictures above is wearing a Alex Smith jersey that picture not so much because we are 49ers fan, but because my son is a hard-core Ute. However, we regularly attend the local chapter of the BYU Alumni Association (my wife got her BSW there). This past summer my son bid on and won a BYU basketball t-shirt because it was sign by the whole team…including Jimmer.

    Of course you are full of contradictions…you are a heretic. :)

    BTW, I know that you are a Ute. What team do you root for in the NFL?

  • http://mormonheretic.org Mormon Heretic

    I lived back east during my early teen years and became a fan of all things Boston: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins. But I have lived most of my life in Utah, and I hated watching the Broncos every week, so I became a Raiders fan. I was really torn when the Raiders played the Patriots a while back in the playoffs. Tom Brady definitely did fumble (remember the “tuck rule” game?) but I’m glad the Patriots won the Super Bowl that year.

    As for the 49ers, I hated Joe Montana, but I’m a huge Steve Young and Alex Smith fan, so I root for them, not the team. I like the Jazz too-always torn when they play the Celtics-I usually root for the underdog.

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