The Greatness of God

As I was watching the Broncos lose yesterday, several times the camera cut to the sidelines to show Tim Tebow on one knee, head bowed, eyes closed, verbally praying.  You can imagine what he was praying for.  He wasn’t praying for a cure for cancer.  He wasn’t beseeching god to fill the empty stomachs of starving children.  He wasn’t imploring the almighty to aid the escape of rape victims across the world.  Those things could wait.

Tim Tebow was praying for god’s assistance to win a football game.

This says a great deal about Tebow and other believers who give voice to their most pressing concerns, but it also says a great deal about what they think of god.  And it says to me that they lose all rights to get mad at me for pointing out that god, if he exists, is petty and indifferent.  They treat him that way already.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Paul Hunter

    Jesus told Tebow to take is down a notch.

  • Rob

    Here’s another possibility: Tebow was praying because he knows he’s mediocre. He finds himself getting mad. Swearing even. Getting rattled. So he gets down on his knees to pray. And that’s where I apply the brakes. The “show” of praying is so ego driven it’s not funny. “Look at me, the professional star athlete on my knees being humble for God!” (put in Will Ferrel’s voice for added humor)
    One can pray standing up, standing on the side lines, watching the game, learning, or talking to a coach and saying, “I need to improve. Help!”

    Either way, the prayer seemingly went unanswered. One day Mr. Tebow will learn that all along his ego was in the way, and then he’ll grow up, start praying from the side line standing up, and might even tuyrn into a decent football player.

  • Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    What’s even more intersting (imo) – when you point out to an xtian that, while god evidently cares deeply about Tim Tebow’s football success, he allows countless children to starve to death, be beaten to death, [insert horror here] – they’re response is almost universally “you’re so angry! that’s the problem!”

    They scare me. Their complete lack of empathy, while being absolutely certain they are moral is scary.

  • slydog

    His behavior strikes me as “taking the lord’s name in vain”… or vanity.

  • stubby

    If Tebow plays well and the Broncos beat the Steelers I can hear the wing nuts saying Tebow’s historically bad performance vs the Chiefs was just god’s way of humbling him before the playoffs.