Tim Tebow and Bad Theology

I love the Denver Broncos. So much so, that it is actually good for us to live in Illinois so I can’t watch the Broncos every Sunday. My kids don’t have to see me yell at the TV anymore on Sunday afternoons. This year I have not missed watching the Broncos play because the first few games were awful. Recently the tide has turned for the Broncos thanks to the “messiah” Tim Tebow. The Denver Broncos are now 4-1 with Tebow at quarterback.

When Tim started as QB I was not a believer. How can a NFL quarterback be successful if he doesn’t have a passing game? Right now I don’t care about Tebow’s stats because he is winning. Last year Kyle Orton had great stats but he couldn’t win games when it counted. Now Tebow’s stats aren’t great but he is winning games. Last night’s last minute drive was unbelievable. I’m now a believer! Though he is unconventional, he is the QB for the Broncos. AFC West title here we come!

But here is what I don’t like about the Tebow phenomenon. It has nothing to do with Tebow’s deep faith. Honestly I think his testimony is great and his faith in the Lord is giving him the strength to stand up against immense criticism.

But what frustrates me is how some Christians say that God is blessing the Broncos with wins because of Tim’s faith. What kind of theology is that? What about guys on other teams who have a deep faith but their team doesn’t win? Do we actually think that God is concerned with football teams winning? It seems that the theology of God’s blessing is based on an equation. If we have a deep faith in God then God will bless us with success.

Tell that to believers in Iran who are suffering for standing up for Christ. Tell that to the eleven disciples of Christ who suffered and died for their faith. Tell that to impoverished believers all across the world who don’t have shelter or food to eat tonight. I don’t know where this flawed theology comes from but it frustrates me. We are selfish to think that God will bless us with success if we have a deep faith.

I think God smiles when he sees Tim Tebow play great football have practice a consistent faith in front of his critics. But I don’t think he is blessing the Broncos with wins because of it. The Broncos are just playing great football when it counts and the Jets fell apart at the last minute.

Am I wrong? Where does this bad theology come from?


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Posted on November 18, 2011, in Personal and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure that I completely agree with you. I don’t think it’s necessarily bad theology to think that God is blessing a few games the Broncos are playing because of Tim Tebow’s faith. If God “knows when I sit and when I rise” (Psalm 139:2) and cares enough about us to even provide the food that we eat or the clothes that we wear (Matthew 6:25-34), then I think it’s fair to say that He cares about seemingly trivial things like football games and TV shows and even the Kardashians (did I really just say that?).

    I think it’s quite possible that He is blessing the Broncos right now so we can see the juxtaposition of how Tim Tebow handles success as well as trials. When he lost his first game against the Chargers it seemed that people were lying in wait to criticize him. Couldn’t God have used how he handled that to lead someone to Christ? So why couldn’t God use a few completely improbable wins (last two games he had 2 and 9 completions respectively!) to do the same thing? He’s reminded me a little of the Bible character, Gideon, where God kept taking soldiers away from his army to show that their victory came from the Lord. It’s pretty hard to conceive of a quarterback winning a game in which he threw just 2 completions!

    I think God uses everything for His purposes. Tim Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in America right now – and it’s not because of how he plays quarterback. I think God will use that for His glory. And from what I’ve seen of Tim Tebow, He will give any glory he receives for his victories back to God – for however long those victories may last.

  2. In answer to your question, I think the bad theology comes from many sources… sports talk shows, Joel Osteen and other promoters of the prosperity-gospel, Christians with shallow understandings of theology… and from Tebow himself, to some degree.

  3. Unlike the other “Christian” players on other teams that you mentioned Tim Tebow makes it his goal to bring Jesus into every interview and conversation he has with teamates and the media. God is not blessing the broncos with victories because he particularly like’s (God is no respecter of men) Tim Tebow or the broncos, the reason God is focused on the Broncos is because Tim has pointed to Christ the entire time and that is what God ultimately wants. You mentioned the other Christian players on other teams yet which of them has brought this much attention to Christ as Tim? The world is not talking about Tim like they talk about the “perfection” of Brady, Payton and Drew no they are talking about Tim’s faith in the perfect Christ more than anything. And Christ is the point right? Tim is the “David” compared to the “Goliath” of Rogers and Brady. People are talking more about faith and God than at any point in my thirty years of watching sports. Pointing people to Christ is Tim’s ultimate goal in life and that is why God is bringing the Broncos to the forfront of the worlds stage because Tim will step aside and hand the mic to Jesus Christ.

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