A reader writes:
Re: your Bowl and is likely to be this year's Most Valuable Player:
"I feel like my stance and my desire has always been to follow a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, who said, 'Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.' So basically, I'm not an over-the-top, or an in-your-face kind of guy with my faith. I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act, whether they view it as positive or not, and ask questions, and then given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit. I firmly believe, just personally, what works for me, and what I enjoy doing is letting my actions speak about the kind of character that I want to have, and following that quote from St. Francis.'"
Perfectly put. And it illustrates the difference between a quiet Christianity and a noisy, self-aggrandizing Christianism. I should say again: I have no problem with Tebow expressing his faith so openly as a citizen. As a Christian, it seems, well, un-Christian. The Onion (and many readers) object to the notion of Tebow as a great quarterback. One writes:
Tim Tebow is not a really good quarterback. The media attention devoted to him is spurred directly by this fact combined with his outward faith and his team's inexplicable winning streak. Haters hate and say his team wins despite his shortcomings and complain about his evangelism. Supporters believe his faith and leadership extend beyond him to help the team as a whole. He is a lightning rod for polarized debate. One of the most entertaining trends to come from his NFL emergence is other players trolling him by 'Tebowing' , a celebration of sorts where they mock the kneel and pray Tebow has been photographed doing so often.
While he certainly rubs me the wrong way in just about everything he does – from his terrible play to his role as JC's PR guy – I cannot deny his seemingly magnetic attraction to the spotlight. However, the guy is not a really good quarterback.
From the above link:
Mere days after "Tebowing" became the newest planking-esque fad to take the internet by storm, it’s already being used in NFL games…as a celebration for sacking Tim Tebow.
(Photo: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks on before playing against the New York Giants on December 4, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated the Giants 38-35. By Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)