Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Who's the Bigger Christian: The Pope or Tim Tebow? TMZ Wants to Know

I was driving home from the doggy daycare last night and happened to be listening to TMZ on the radio.  They were talking about Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, an evangelical Christian football player who for his "Tebowing" prayer poses and, at least according to TMZ, for being a mediocre quarterback.  This is what they wrote about Tebow yesterday on their website:
Broncos QB Tim Tebow is winning games because of God, pure and simple ... this according to a pastor at a Colorado church with ties to the Tebow family. Pastor Wayne Hanson -- who runs Summit Church in Castle Rock, CO where Tim's dad often speaks -- tells TMZ God is actively intervening in Denver Broncos football games ... and aiding Tim on the field because of his strong faith.

Hanson tells us, "It's not luck. Luck isn't winning 6 games in a row. It's favor. God's favor." Pastor Hanson adds, "God has blessed his hard work."

We asked Hanson if Tebow would be winning games if he wasn't such a strong believer -- and the pastor replied, "No, of course not."

So far, it's the only plausible explanation for this insane Broncos winning streak.
Anyway, they got into a debate on the radio show about who is more influential right now as a Christian: the Pope or Tim Tebow.  Harvey Levin strongly asserted that Tebow is in fact the more influential of the two.  After all, the Pope might have the power and the backing of the actual Roman Catholic Church, but the Church is emptier and emptier every year.  In other words, he's not drawing in the younger Christians who will eventually replace the older ones and bring in their own children.  Levin then argued that Tebow appeals to younger males and stands a greater chance of actually drawing younger people into the church to learn more about what he represents.

Personally, I don't think that Tebow is "more influential" than the Pope.  Maybe someday, but certainly not now.  As it currently stands, Tebow is known for being a Christian and for openly praying when good things happen and I guess it's good that people see that.  Beyond that though, there's really little substance to the message that he's a Christian or that he can get on his knees and pray.  What do football fans learn about the Christian faith when they see a quarterback Tebowing on the field?  Maybe Tebowing will attract someone to the church, but it's certainly not going to educate them about the church or the faith.

What do you think?  Are you on Team Benedict or Team Tebow?  Check out TMZ's website and cast your vote.  But don't forget to leave a comment here and let me know what your thinking first!

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