Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tebow vs Goliath

I have been watching the news surrounding Tim Tebow and his first year in the NFL. He has been a lightening rod of controversy with his unconventional playing style as well as his desire to stand firm in his faith and give God the glory. As I watch, read and listen to everyone who has an opinion or a suggestion, and there are many who do, I cannot help but think of the story of David and Goliath. Tebow is David and the media plays an academy award winning role of Goliath. Take a look at the comparison:
I Samuel 17: 37-40 -37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.” 38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
Saul wanted David to be a conventional soldier. He wanted David to fight the way everyone else did. The same can be said about Tebow. Take a look at what was said about Tim during the NFL draft process:

NFL analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. believes Tebow does not have the intangibles to play quarterback in the NFL. "I don't think he can be a fulltime quarterback. I don't think he can be the quarterback of the future for you, but I do think in the third round, maybe the second round, he'll be the same as Pat White"

Tebow doesn't have Vick's legs, and he doesn't have Ben's (or Vick's) arm. So he's a Ben with a lower caliber arm. Which makes him the Jared Lorenzen of the NFL. Or Payton Hillis under center. Sure, he'll muscle his way in for a few rushing touchdowns, but he just doesn't have the skills to be a premier NFL quarterback.

God tends to use unconventional men and women in unconventional ways. David fought Goliath using the skills he developed while shepherding his sheep, not the conventional fighting skills the soldiers had been taught. I believe God does this so that he will get the glory, not man. Had David gone out and defeated Goliath with the sword and shield he could have simply said "Thanks Saul for sending me to soldier school, your teachers are the best!"
I Corinthians 1: 27 -29 - 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
Running into battle David gave God all of the credit for the victory:
I Samuel 17: - 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Tim Tebow does much the same thing drawing criticism from many inside and outside the media.

During the Bronco's win over Chicago Tim prayed the following on the sideline:

“Dear Jesus, I need you. Please come through for me. No matter what, win or lose Lord, give me the strength to honor you.”

A New York City rabbi wrote a column on the website of The Jewish Week warning that Tebow success could “emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell's first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.”

In the end David killed Goliath with a simple stone and sling silencing all of his critics. We will have to wait and see if Tim Tebow is going to silence his critics. One thing is sure any time someone tends to approach things a little differently, if they tend to swim upstream or if they give God too much credit people will always have something to say. In the end the only thing that really matters is what God will say. My hope for me is that he will say "Well done my good and faithful servant".

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