Are Christians Making Life Harder for Tim Tebow?
Here is my concern with all that.
I hope in rooting for Tebow that we do not elevate him to a status that no one can live up to. By the comments of some, one might be tempted to think that Tebow himself is the second coming. It's almost like we're making Tim Tebow into the pastor's kid. You know, the one that everyone pats on the head and tells them that they're going to make a fine preacher, just like their daddy. The one that everyone thinks is perfect. How does that usually turn out?
The fact of the matter is that Tim Tebow, as a popular professional athlete, is surrounded by temptations that most of us could never imagine. And as much as we'd like to think we do, none of us know Tim Tebow's heart or even what he does in his free time. I'm not trying to imply anything. I just know human nature. (My own nature, mainly.) So maybe before we prop him up too much, it would be better just to let Tebow be a football player.
Now don't get me wrong. We can still appreciate the fact that he is a fellow believer, and root for him because of that. (I know I will.) And we should definitely pray that God help him stay true to his faith. But perhaps it would be better for us and him both if we simply looked at Tim Tebow as a football player that happens to love Christ, rather than "THE Christian football player."