Feeling Really Bad for Tebow, Now

I do feel bad for Tim Tebow. The guy just wants to play football and live his life of faith, and now he’s got people assigning biblical or political meaning to his every move; he’s got politicians bugging him for endorsements and — even worse — he’s having bad 1980′s music re-written to sing his praises (or, perhaps, simply get a bounce off his moment).

I suspect Tebow does not want anyone singing his praises, only God’s.

Play the game
You know I’m out there
Down on one knee
a prisoner
And I’m tryin’ to break free


I can see a new horizon
Underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s
Flyin’ higher and higher

Gonna be a man in motion

All I needs my Broncos team
Take me where my future’s lyin’
Tim Tebows Fire

Ugh. If you don’t know whether to laugh or weep, laugh. That’s just awful.

And then, maybe say a prayer for Tim Tebow, who is being handed a tremendous challenge from his Lord: terrible, dangerous, wordly adulation — the empty thing that swallows you whole, if you let yourself fall for it (which I don’t think Tebow will).

Meanwhile, this is nauseating.

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  • Swallowed Whole?

    Hmm, sounds like Jonah or Fr. John Corapi.

    I’d say Jonah did not have the adulation issue that Fr. Corapi did. I sure hope our prayers preserve T.Tebow and save Fr. C.

    Welcome back. You were sorely missed, Anchoress. Happy New Year!

    PS Is Ms. Kitty ok now? Let us know, purrrdy please.

    [Thank you for asking; Kitty is much better, although her post-surgical recovery did keep her from doing many of the bumpy rides! -admin]

  • http://steponthejourney.blogspot.com/ Kort

    He seems like a nice kid, I hope he keeps to his convictions. I was hoping he’d get a chance to play this year (I’m a Denver native and I will occasionally bleed orange and blue) but the storm around all of this is bigger than I ever expected. I’ll keep praying for him to stay strong, though I think the Bronc’s should rise and fall on their own merit.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ EBL

    I like him. He just needs to play his best and trust in himself. A little of this he brought on himself. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6. But overall he is a good guy trying to do a very difficult high pressure job. He is doing just fine.

    And he needs to recognize God loves the Greenbay Packers. So that should take some pressure off him.

  • Sarah

    EBL: Sunsets are orange and blue, not green and gold. ;)

    I’m a rabid Broncos fan, and have therefore been really on the fence about his playing. I’ve wanted to hug him and slap him in equal turns. But I think he seems like a really great person, and honestly? I think a little above all this. I think he’ll be okay.

  • http://www.lambpower.net Steve D

    Public figure with a public faith will invariably create a “christian celebrity” in this day and age. The weekend of the 21st Freeman McNeil will be coming to my church to speak to the men’s group. McNeil, a Christian, played for the NY Jets. He chose to not make a spectacle of his faith, rather taking a more private approach. He didn’t put Bible verses in his eye black, nor did he take a “prayer break” when a touchdown was scored or a tackle was successful. There’s even a big deal over the fact that he passed for 316 yards.
    In my opinion, there are proper times and places for sharing and displaying faith. i am not saying that as a matter of restricting that display. Rather, that the display becomes the point instead of the faith.

  • http://memoriaarts.com Joy

    Wow. Just, wow. Poor guy. As much as I want to pick on him for his…uh…prayerful stance in the endzone…all this mania around him is just a symptom of the world we live in, the desperation that is felt, the hope that is lost…that they are pinning it all on this one [very human] man is commentary enough. My prayers are with him.

  • Susan

    We pray often for Tim Tebow. He is blessed with a close, grounded family and that, plus common sense, will keep him straight. Welcome back, Anchoress. Hope you are rested up for the rest of 2012. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

  • RugbyIke

    I’ve added Tim Tebow to my “celebrity prayer list.” Anyone who publicly expresses their faith in Jesus Christ is opening themselves up to criticism. And the more renown the public figure, the more intense the criticism (think what Sarah Palin has had to endure). Such folks need our prayers for them to remain strong and steadfast against these assaults, whose origins are from the devil They also need to know their brothers and sisters in faith are interceding on their behalf with our direct appeals to our heavenly father.

  • http://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/ Todd

    On the other hand, many good people around the world, even Christians, struggle to provide the basics of food, health care, education, and meaningful employment for themselves and their loved ones. Mr Tebow is an athlete, well-paid, college-educated, and admired by Bronco fans and many others. He has his temptations, I’m sure. But I expect he prays the Lord’s Prayer frequently.

    Mr Tebow is part of the cult of celebrity. He plays the most high-profile sport in the most media-crazed society on Earth. Of course he’s playing with fire. He’s been playing with it as a high priest of America’s secular religion of Sport since he was a high school lad.

  • http://breadhere.wordpress.com Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    I thought that James Martin’s piece about Tebow in the WSJ was very thoughtfully done.

    [It was. I linked to it in an earlier piece -admin]

  • http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com Sherry

    AHHHHHH! The song wasn’t good before. Now I have funky 80′s junkola running through my head. Need mental listerine STAT!

  • Tim

    First it was Tebow’s enemies that tried to take him down, now it’s his fans (albeit unintentionally).

  • DCJeff

    LOL…I have to agree about the song…I didn’t care for the original version!

  • Elaine

    I liked to see Tim Tebow with 2 super models on his arms. All these folks would go ballistic!

  • Richard Johnson


    An interesting bet…the loser had to pray. I know you’ve had a time lambasting Tebow’s atheist opposition, but you have to admit that his Christian supporters are far more creative in how they denigrate his faith.

  • CV

    Good grief, I’m old enough to remember the original theme for the St. Elmo’s Fire movie. That’s a bad song that should never have been resurrected, especially in this manner!

    My husband and 12-year-old son recently went to a fundraising dinner for a crisis pregnancy center and Tim Tebow’s mom was the keynote speaker. Afterward, my son introduced himself to Pam Tebow, said he was a fan of Tim’s, and requested an autograph. A week later the autograph came in the mail with a short note from Pam asking my son to pray for Tim.

    I agree, he needs it.

  • Crispian

    Catholics should know that Tebow gives his time (and will now probably give lots of $$$) to his dad’s ministry, BTEA. This groups claims that the majority of people in the Phillipines have never heard the gospel, and tries to convert them away from their Catholicism. Sounds pretty anti-Catholic to me.

  • http://remnantofremnant.blogspot.com priest’s wife

    Crispian- this is true- and it is why the Catholic Church shouldn’t rest on her laurels and just depend on Mexicans and Phillipinos to fill churches- Evangelization and major catechism is needed.

    My Byzantine Catholic priest husband has bi-ritual faculties for the archdiocese here- on Ash Wednesday, he will be giving out ashes non-stop at his hospital and the local ‘mega’ Roman-rite parish. Half of those given ashes will not be in church even Easter or Christmas. They believe if they don’t get ashes the year in which they die, they will go to hell- and if they get ashes, they can’t go to hell. After they receive ashes, they visit their abuelita to show them off and reassure the older generation. These kinds of Catholics seem to be ripe for the picking of tebow’s ministry.

  • Greta

    We were watching TV when our grandkids arrived the other day and the two year old asked if it was Tebow Time yet. The funny thing is his parents can’t stand pro football. He picked this up in day care. When I quizzed him on what it meant, darned if he didn’t have a real good idea. So we agreed to have him stay over next Saturday so he can stay up with grandpa and have their Tebow Time together.

  • Maria

    So why didn’t the media attack Mark Bavaro (of NY Giants fame!) for kneeling and blessing himself and being unabashedly Catholic and pro-life? Very telling how being a gentleman and a man of faith has lost it’s credibility over the years. Sad. Go Tebow!

  • http://www.writingplaces.com/ DinkyDau Billy

    Though we really like Tebow, and believe that he is sincere, and wish him well as he sallies forth among the dragons of the world … he really has given the Christian Right the opportunity to damage the church universal even more than they have with past ravings. Most of the responses to the criticisms of Tebow that we see in the mainstream media are frenzied and hate-filled, typical of what one finds from “Christians” today. For more on that, please see:
    Tim Tebow, Dallas Willard, and the failure of Christianity
    and after the John 3:16/316 yards foolishness, we could not help ourselves:
    Tim Tebow, Judas, John the Baptist, and Moses

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ EBL
  • SKay

    I like Tim Tebow-he is always positive and thankful for the gifts he has been given.
    I will certainly pray for him and who knows–the Lord moves in mysterious ways.
    He may be amazed to know we Catholics are praying for him.

  • newton

    Poor kid. He doesn’t need this.

    And now, some people want to hook him up with Katy Perry, who is probably the best-known Queen of Evangelical Christian Girls Gone Wild, who Kissed a Girl and Liked it…

    Good grief!