The short answer to the question as to why Tim Tebow is so popular is: because Christians are shut out of the mainstream, and yet many of us know that Christianity holds the solutions to the ills of this nation and personal lives.
Therefore we feel a frustration as to how we can get the mainstream to see that. I’ve responded to that frustration by writing books, making DVD’s, doing public speaking, making CD’s, and being in the media. But it has been very difficult to get a lot of attention because of the walking on eggshells climate in the mainstream regarding religion.
What makes it extra frustrating is knowing that Christianity has been shut out of the mainstream because of a false mandate … the separation of church and state. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist in official opinions wrote this about that phrase: “Using the phrase ‘separation of Church and state’ is actually a mischievous diversion from the actual intention of the founding fathers, and use of that term should be explicitly abandoned.”
So, some of the energy of this frustration is grounded when Tim Tebow unashamedly in a large mainstream forum makes known that his #1 priority is Christianity. And now we see an outpouring of others who feel the same way. Here is a verse that Tim Tebow has painted under his eyes during a game. (Jesus said) “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels” Mark 8:38.
But another possibility here is: is divine intervention involved in the miraculous wins that Tebow orchestrated? It’s almost like with Denver losing games in the 4th quarter, God says that He is not going to let His faithful servant not shine and give Him glory. And less than stellar statistics in the first 3 quarters are overcome in this repeated scenario with victories. While watching the game against the Bears with Denver down 10 to 0 with only a little over 2 minutes to go I thought, “Oh well, the miraculous comebacks have come to an end.” Then the most miraculous comeback yet happened. Tebow only completed 3 passes out of 16 in the first 3 quarters. But after that he completed 18 out of 24. And the game was tied with a 59 yard field goal with 2 seconds left. Then a series of extraordinary plays, both on offense and defense, filled the remainder of the game, which Denver won 13-10.
These miraculous comebacks have left the mainstream media scrambling for alternate explanations. They try to attribute the wins to the defense and other offensive players. But there is something that they are overlooking in that assessment: all of those same players were around when the team had one win and four losses. Then once Tebow was added they gained eight wins and one loss. And the main big difference during that losing and winning period was Tim Tebow.
I can envision God sitting in Heaven saying, “I’ve lost that nation’s attention for the most part. Let me see if I can get some of it back by doing some miracles in something that does get their attention: sports.”
Dennis Marcellino is the author of THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is true, which can be seen at http://www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com.