Sports can be religions but do fans take faith in players too far?

I don’t know if that’ll feel like a misleading post title later on, but it’s a decent question all the same. I was going to write about this story this morning but wasn’t sure I felt like delving into the world of sports, a world I don’t give two sniffs about usually. Especially the world of football. That said, fans of Tim Tebow have been showing their love for the guy with specially made jerseys that feature his number and the name “Jesus” where Tebow’s would normally appear. Responses to this odd fad are mixed. I dislike the choices in the poll the Sun Sentinel offers — “What do you think of the “Jesus” Tim Tebow Jersey” with the choices being “brilliant,” “blasphemous” or “both.” There needs to be options like “stupid” and “pointless” and “I don’t care.”

Tebow, who inscribed numbers of Bible verses in his eye black while at Florida, stopped short of endorsing the Jesus jerseys, telling the Denver Post on Wednesday: “I don’t know what to think about that because I don’t know where people’s hearts are. It’s important to not judge without knowing their hearts. If their heart is to honor the Lord, then it’s a good thing. Only God can judge because only God knows what’s truly in a person’s heart.”

Be that as it may in the land of believers, won’t a little piece of Tebow’s ego feel a bit of a boost being compared to Jesus? The guy was super cool. Plus, I just watched Jesus Christ Superstar again last night (although not this version) and just going by that, he had some insanely obsessive fans, too…

I think it’s fair to say that the people who’d buy these shirts equate Tebow with Jesus, either in terms of his greatness of spirituality, or his ability to appeal to such a fan base, or whatever. They could have called him a god instead, but I suppose “Jesus” makes it all that more specific. To them, he’s a god-send, just like Jesus supposedly was.

Makes me wonder where his Judas is, if that’s the case.

Another oddity regarding the man and his habits – there’s a website filled with photos of people imitating Tebow’s predilection for kneeling to pray wherever he happens to be, regardless of what other people are doing. I like Yahoo Sports’ take on it — “It’s like planking, but dumber” — and I’m inclined to agree. The only reason to pray like that is to make it a spectacle. To call attention to yourself and show all witnesses just how Christian you are. Look at me! I kneel on a whim and pray! Are you looking at me? I’m going to turn my head a fraction and check..yes! Make it look even more dire or passionate now… I could be wrong. Maybe a lot of people think the only way a prayer gets heard is if they bow down like penitent sinners and humbly grass stain their knees before they get down to business. Mocking the behaviour seems a bit childish, though, but just because many are, doesn’t mean I have to do it, too. Tempting, mind you..

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2 Responses to Sports can be religions but do fans take faith in players too far?

  1. Robster says:

    Isn’t there some nonsense in the bible regards only prey…praying in private and not to put on a show? Or something similar?

  2. 1minionsopinion says:

    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:5-8)

    Read more: http://www.allaboutprayer.org/bible-verses-on-prayer-faq.htm#ixzz1eG5MAIIe

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