North Texas Tebow Fans Reflect On Superstar’s Open Faith

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – The New England Patriots may have clobbered Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos Saturday, but it’s not Tebow’s game on the field that’s been getting attention lately. It’s his faith.

“He’s not really a good pocket passer, he’s not good at throwing a 10 yard curl route,” said football fan Kyle Irwin.

Tebow has a fan base that extends far beyond the sport he plays, thanks to his outward profession of his Christian beliefs.

The football player is often seen kneeling to pray after a big win, a move many are now referring to as “Tebowing.”

Many praise him as a good role model: For once, controversy is following a public figure who is open about living a moral life.

“It doesn’t matter what the others say or what people say against him, he stands for what he believes,” said Debra Bryant, a member at Gateway Church in North Richland Hills. “It’s something you carry with you wherever you are, whether you’re at church, or out in the business world, or in a sports stadium just being a fan watching.”

“I think it’s about time somebody stands out and is a light for the whole country,” added Miles Dowdy.

At Gateway’s North Richland Hills campus, pastor Marchus Brecheen said he feels the star’s openness about his religion shows other Christians not to feel embarrassed for their beliefs.

“He’s a man who says it’s okay to say what you believe in and still be passionate about what you do,” said Gateway’s NRH campus pastor Marchus Brecheen, “I think Tim Tebow puts a good face, an appropriate face on Christianity. I think it’s an inspiration to anyone, whether you work at a restaurant, or Wal-Mart, or elsewhere, there’s not any reason for us to be ashamed of our faith.”

Love him or hate him, Tebow is among the most controversial figures in sports right now, and fans of the quarterback say that’s a good thing. An ESPN poll last week found him to be the most popular athlete in the country.

His supporters say he’s an inspiration.

“Tim Tebow makes us all feel guilty because he’s such a phenomenal person,” said Tuck Matteson, a Patriots fan who roots for Tebow, “even though he has all of these opportunities to not be.”

“The Broncos have had some real questionable characters in the past few years,” said fan Jeff Messman, “so it’s great to see someone we can look up to.”

His spirituality may elevate his celebrity status, but does God play a role in his success on the field?

“I don’t think there is a separation of church and football, Irwin said with a laugh, “I don’t know, I guess he must be helping him out because it’s incredible stuff that’s happening.”

“I think Jesus Christ is a fan of anyone who knows him and loves him,” Pastor Brecheen said. “I don’t think that God is so interested in the outcome of the game. I am thankful that Tebow says ‘God help me do what you’ve made me to do to the best of my ability’ and I think there are players on both sides who will do that, so I don’t think Jesus is going to pick teams here.”

  • WeArentAllLikeYou

    “And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets (or football fields), that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”

    • Gumby Rules

      While you may think you are correct, that is not what this Bible verse intends.

      See also, Matthew 23:14, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”

      When you make prayer to receive praise from others then you have gotten all you deserve.

      Perhaps Tim would rather do like Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Not really practical during the game now is it?

      Tibow’s prayer is most often in as quiet of solitude as possible, it is the cameraman and announcer who attempt to make this a public show.

      There is a difference

  • Patty

    I have seen teams gather on the field after a game to kneel and pray together but of course the cameras don’t capture that as often as they seek out Tim as he kneels to give all the glory to the One True God. I pray a big, great blessing on Tim who is not after the praise of man but of God.

  • god

    .I could care less about stupid football or Tebow. I have more important things to worry about like suffering and wars.

  • WeArentAllLikeYou

    It’s hard to believe that it’s 2012 and there are still people that honestly, truly believe in any god. The whole scam of religion is just so transparently silly it’s hard to believe people still fall for it. Please stop brainwashing your kids from birth to believe something so ridiculous and counterproductive and completely unprovable. They’re growing up and turning into teabaggers and birthers. Thanks.

  • gobyron

    No Need to Be Ashamed
    I have never been a shamed or felt put down because of my faith. I also have never felt the need to look to any “MAN” for strength in having faith and being a christian. Additionally the bible teaches us to look to GOD for such things, through him all things are possible.

    I feel if a person is ashamed at being a christian and living a such a lifestyle and practicing the morals of according to the bible, then there is something word with where and how an individual is taught the word of GOD. We shouldn’t care what other people think, as we are judge by GOD and GOD alone.

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