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Can you be too Christian?

So, have you heard of that Broncos quarterback named Tim Tebow? Since I live in Tebow Land, I have heard more than my fair share of Tebow news. The good news is the media is finally taking notice of the Denver Broncos. The bad news is they aren’t really paying any attention to the game.  Never mind that the Denver Broncos are 8-5 and 1st in the AFC West.

It’s all about the QB and his faith-on-his-sleeve.

He’s been called a devout Christian (like it’s a bad thing). Overbearing evangelist. He’s been known to wear Bible verses under his eye when he played in Florida. Tebow always, first and foremost, thanks his Lord and savior Jesus Christ after every game. He makes no apologies for it either.

Some people love him because of it.

Some don’t like him for that very reason.

Where Kardashians reign, even Hollywood has taken notice. With all this media scrutiny I got to thinking. Why is Tebow’s faith such a big deal? It’s not like Christianity is a new-wave religion. The majority of Americans claim to identify themselves as Christian (76%) and 82% believe in a high-being or God.

The question: Is it okay to believe in God, go to church on Sunday, read the Bible, but not okay proclaim your God-love every single day in public?

Does Tebow’s Christ-loving proclamation make people uncomfortable? Former Broncos QB,  Jake Plummer said he wishes Tebow would just “shut up” about it. “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.” {Source}

Is Plummer right? It’s fine and good to  love Jesus Christ but we don’t want to hear about it? Love Christ in private?

I tend to think that it makes people uncomfortable because they feel inferior in their own faith relationship. To have that kind of faith and love that Tebow exhibits is a great thing. It’s a precious thing. It’s the kind of love that all Christians should strive for.

Tebow has said, “And that’s the thing about my faith: it’s not just something that happens when you’re at church or happens when you’re praying or reading the Scripture. It’s part of who you are, as a person, as a player, in your life and everything.” {Source}

I don’t know what to make of this Tebowing. That’s just weird. And I don’t know what to make of this Christian backlash either. I think it makes for some interesting conversation. Love it or hate it.

I do know this: Tebow’s bold faith and last-minute quarterback plays can’t be ignored.

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I wrote this post last year: There’s a new quarterback in town…and he brought his Bible. My question was about the backlash against Tebow and his faith. I still don’t have the answer. Anyone have any ideas?

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there’s a new quaterback in town…and he brought his Bible.

Let me state this for the record: I don’t follow football; ice hockey is my game. So, I won’t embarrass myself by talking about the sport here. Oh, I watch football but I am usually napping on the couch by half-time. Here in Broncos Country that’s practically a felony!

This season I can’t help but take notice that the Denver Broncos has signed rookie quarterback and devout Christian, Tim Tebow. Tebow made headlines on the field as a Heisman trophy-winning quarterback of the Florida Gators. He has made no secret of his Christian beliefs and family values, even going as far as to sport “Phil 4:13” (among other verses) written in his eye makeup during games. You may remember that Tebow and his mother got people talking again when they made an anti-abortion commercial (paid for by Focus on the Family) that aired during the Super Bowl earlier this year.

Broncos Training Camp started this week at Dove Valley. When training camp opens in Denver, it’s Broncos-mania and there is a lot of hype over Tebow. It’s interesting to watch the fans reaction to him regarding his faith. Because he has been so public about his faith in God, this has made him a target in many ways. Some love him for that fact alone. (I know I will try harder to stay awake for the games this season.) Others down-right hate him for that reason. (It’s Tebow’s eagerness to share his Christian values and beliefs that really irks her. “That’s why I hate him,” she said. Quoted from The Denver Post. Read the article here.) Those people want him to keep his faith out of football. They must prefer the go-to-church-on-Sunday-but-don’t-talk-about-it kind of Christian vs. the scream-it-from-the-rooftops kind.

Here’s my question: Why is there such a backlash against Tim Tebow for his Christian values?

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