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Tim Tebow Gives Candid Response- Football Star Lives His Faith On Field And Off
NWA Online ^ | 10-16-09 | Terry Mattingl

Posted on 10/17/2009 4:18:55 PM PDT by STARWISE

After being knocked halfway to kingdom come, Tim Tebow knew that millions of college football fans would be paying close attention to his eyes the next time he led the Florida Gators into action.

Viewers would be looking for signs that the quarterback was OK after a nasty concussion. Many would also want to see which Bible reference would be written in the patches of eye black that would be visible whenever television cameras focused on the face of America's most famous muscular Christian.

Tebow was wearing Isaiah 40:31 when he got hurt against Kentucky: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

This biblical commentary continued when he returned against LSU, with a reference pointing to 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

The Palm Beach Post put it this way: "Give thanks in all circumstances."

Not exactly. *

You see, it's hard to avoid quoting the Bible when you're writing about an athlete who refuses to stop quoting the Bible.

Viewers who used an Internet search engine could find the full scriptural reference. Those who relied on news reports, however, tended to find language scrubbed clean of the fervent, conservative and, for many, offensive faith that shapes the lives of Tebow and his missionary parents and siblings.

Bob and Pam Tebow already consider his life a gift from God. During that pregnancy, his mother slipped into a coma after contracting amoebic dysentery. Doctors in the Philippines, where the Tebows are evangelical missionaries, feared that the strong medications she received had damaged her unborn child. Doctors advised an abortion.

She refused, the family prayed and Tim Tebow survived.

Thus, Bob Tebow told Sports Illustrated, "I asked God for a preacher, and he gave me a quarterback."

The son has done his share of preaching and missionary work, both overseas and in U.S. prisons. Meanwhile, he has refused to retreat during the many media marathons he endures as a superstar. This is, after all, the guy who seized the podium when he won the Heisman Trophy and, after taking some nervous gulps, immediately gave thanks to "my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave me the ability to play football." In his rush, he said almost exactly the same thing moments later. The news reports that followed steered clear of these references.

While Tebow has been outspoken about his beliefs, he has avoided making openly evangelistic remarks while in the hot spotlight at a secular university in a highly diverse state. The closest he has come to giving an altar call was when he put John 3:16 under his eyes during the 2009 BCS championship game.

For those who have never seen Billy Graham in action, that verse proclaims: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

But that was a mere tremor compared with the quake that followed Tebow's candid response when asked during a press conference: "Are you saving yourself for marriage?"

Laughing, he said, "Yes, I am."

While another reporter struggled to ask a question, Tebow continued. "I think ya'll are stunned right now. Ya'll can't even ask a question. Look at this. The first time ever. Wow. I was ready for the question. I don't think ya'll were, though."

Thus, a simple Google search for "Tebow, virgin" yields 70,000-plus hits. Journalists and commentators can't seem to decide if they were more offended by the question or by Tebow's unapologetic answer. Was this a victory for the religious right or for crass, "gotcha" journalism?

The columnist who pushed that button has refused to apologize, noting that Tebow considered it a logical question in light of his highly public faith.

"Tebow demonstrated that he lives his life according to his own religious principles," noted Clay Travis of the Fanhouse.com Web site.

"I asked because I believe it's newsworthy and because, believe it or not, I thought Tim Tebow would answer the question by saying: 'Yes, I am.' ... Why did I believe this? Because Tebow lives his faith. And I believe that living his faith is not artificial, he's not pretending to be something he's not."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: athletes; christianstudents; collegefootball; fl; flgators; football; sec; tebow; timtebow

Fantastic family who raised awesome young man .. and great quarterback. What an awesome game and ending today! Woo Hoo!

1 posted on 10/17/2009 4:18:56 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

The gators got by with a little help from the refs.


2 posted on 10/17/2009 4:22:20 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Montanabound

Oooh ... missed that.

Tebow moving them down the field in time,
and the 3 pointer wasn’t too shabby.


3 posted on 10/17/2009 4:25:52 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

I respect this young man beyond words. His Faith is an inspiration to all. God Bless Tim and his family


4 posted on 10/17/2009 4:26:42 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: STARWISE

Look for the atheists and the leftists to file suit in federal district court demanding that Tebow remove “John 3:16” before taking to the field.


5 posted on 10/17/2009 4:27:02 PM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: Montanabound

Indeed. I’m a Gator fan, and the Hogs were robbed on many calls. Game deciding calls.


6 posted on 10/17/2009 4:27:59 PM PDT by BGHater ("real price of every thing ... is the toil and trouble of acquiring it")
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To: STARWISE
The question was asked during SEC Media Days by blogger and author Clay Travis. If it has been asked since, I am not aware of it.

http://claytravis.net/mailbag/labels/tim tebow clay travis virgin opinion pieces claynation.html

7 posted on 10/17/2009 4:33:32 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: STARWISE
You can put both Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy into that category too.
8 posted on 10/17/2009 4:36:46 PM PDT by pvoce ('Good' sense and 'Common' sense are two entirely different concepts.)
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To: STARWISE
As an Ohio State fan I hate the ‘Gators. I even refuse to drink Gatoraid. But I love Tim Tebo. He is a 1st class act.
9 posted on 10/17/2009 4:37:15 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Sarah Palin irritates all the right people." -Dennis Miller)
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To: Montanabound

I have a ton of respect for Tim Tebow. He’s a fine young man. I really didn’t care who won the game today, not being a fan of either team, but it appeared to me that Florida was given a gift-wrapped win by the refs....there were more bogus calls (all against Arkansas) than I ever remember seeing in a college game. It was pathetic.


10 posted on 10/17/2009 4:38:47 PM PDT by Reagan's My Hero
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To: OrangeDaisy

The author doesn’t name another event, just
that the question was asked .. probably the
same time as your reference.

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“But that was a mere tremor compared with the quake that followed Tebow’s candid response when asked during a press conference: “Are you saving yourself for marriage?”


11 posted on 10/17/2009 4:41:43 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: pvoce

I agree .. these young men are gems in
a culture of crudity, faithlessness and
arrogance, egotism and greed.

Bradford’s also awesome .. don’t know
much about McCoy. It’s so hopeful and
inspiring to see these wonderful young
men who are built of sturdy stuff and
rock solid faith.


12 posted on 10/17/2009 4:46:02 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

I didn’t catch his scripture reference today. Can someone bring me up to speed?


13 posted on 10/17/2009 4:48:52 PM PDT by trimom
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To: All

Hm. Maybe I read the wrong article. I thought this was a thread about Tebow’s faith and how it’s reported?


14 posted on 10/17/2009 4:49:51 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: STARWISE
What a great witness he is!!! How bout this question? What do you think of the President?
15 posted on 10/17/2009 4:50:15 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge ( Yes I Love Sarah Palin!! I wish she were mine.)
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To: Mojave

Here ya go:

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Friday, October 16, 2009
Time to Separate Church and Sports? A New Agenda Takes Shape

http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/mohler/11609970/

Excerpt:

Sam Cook has had enough. A sports columnist for the Fort Myers [FL] News-Press, Cook recently referred to quarterback Tim Tebow of the University of Florida Gators and told his readers: “I don’t know how many more ‘God bless’ comments I can stand from the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.” Tebow, Cook argued, should play football and forget about his religious beliefs while he is wearing the Gator uniform.

“Somehow, we’ll survive without him displaying a ‘John 3:16’ Bible verse under his eyes,” Cook wrote. “We separate church and state. Why not church and sports?”

Sam Cook’s column was prompted by a far more prominent essay published in Monday’s edition of USA Today. In “And I’d Like to Thank God Almighty,” Tom Krattenmaker leveled a comprehensive critique of the evangelical Christian message that, as he laments, permeates so much of the sporting world at both the college and professional levels.


16 posted on 10/17/2009 4:53:14 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

Got my hair cut a week ago and while waiting I picked up a copy of SI. In the comments section they were all directed at Tebow and I was truly surprised at the number of negative comments regarding him and his Christian beliefs and comments.........


17 posted on 10/17/2009 4:53:31 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: trimom

Not finding any mention of it.


18 posted on 10/17/2009 4:54:02 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

bttt...wonderful read


19 posted on 10/17/2009 4:55:14 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: STARWISE

“Bradford’s also awesome .. don’t know
much about McCoy”

Colt McCoy has a deep Christian faith. He’s been on mission trips, speaks to Christian youth groups, and says he makes every effort to be in church on Sun. morning no matter how late the team gets home. He lives his faith.


20 posted on 10/17/2009 4:56:06 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Paige

Think he’ll get another Heisman?


21 posted on 10/17/2009 4:56:40 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Guenevere

I LOVE seeing SOME positive and uplifting
signs that our precious America and her
culture and values are still alive and
surviving somewhere.


22 posted on 10/17/2009 4:56:59 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

Tebow is a great football player. The Gator defense is awesome. But the game today was poorly reffed. It was a cheap victory marred by poor calls. I think Florida could have won anyway but we will never know. Arky was robbed.


23 posted on 10/17/2009 5:02:37 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: STARWISE

Amen!


24 posted on 10/17/2009 5:02:42 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: STARWISE

The three best collegiate quarterbacks are all believers..Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy!


25 posted on 10/17/2009 5:06:09 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: BipolarBob

I take your word and the others who
posted similarly.

I only watched the last 15 minutes.


26 posted on 10/17/2009 5:10:59 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

He’s cute as a button. His Mom and Dad must be so very proud of him.

Thanks Lord, for an example.

mrs


27 posted on 10/17/2009 5:15:46 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (New Jersey has no soul, only taxes)
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To: STARWISE

Great kid,great player BUT today the refs sucked. PERIOD!
Sure the Arkansas kicker misses an easy one but 2 blown penalties on the final drive gives them 30 tds they don’t have to go!!!!!!!!!!!

Lay it out there for Florida refs why don’t ya? I am sick of the Gator chop. Same with USC...sick of them. Please get lost both of them.


28 posted on 10/17/2009 5:21:58 PM PDT by oust the louse (This Country now has a smelly BO problem.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

In the comments section they were all directed at Tebow and I was truly surprised at the number of negative comments regarding him and his Christian beliefs and comments.........

Welcome to Obama’s world of religion cleansing brain dead followers. It’s too much work to have faith these days. If you believe you must be jerk or an idiot. It’s ok to slam believers....


29 posted on 10/17/2009 5:27:12 PM PDT by oust the louse (This Country now has a smelly BO problem.....)
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To: STARWISE

All too predictable. The left is desperate to silence Christian speech, by any means possible.


30 posted on 10/17/2009 5:31:51 PM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: All

Good for Tebow, McCoy and Bradgord.

They sickening sweet liberalism in our sports journalism is a story nobody wants to talk about.

Count on Tebow not winning the Heismann...speaking out about Christ is unforgiven.


31 posted on 10/17/2009 5:36:58 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (It's us against them...the Establishment RINOs vs rank and file...Sarah Palin or bust)
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To: Montanabound

They did get some help...but Arkansas shot themselves in the foot,too,with 2 blown TD plays and 2 missed FGs. Too many points NOT to have on the board against the Gators.


32 posted on 10/17/2009 5:58:34 PM PDT by tajgirvan (That man is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot)
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To: STARWISE

..add USC’s Matt Barkley to the list...


33 posted on 10/17/2009 6:10:31 PM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: STARWISE
Those who relied on news reports, however, tended to find language scrubbed clean of the fervent, conservative and, for many, offensive faith that shapes the lives of Tebow and his missionary parents and siblings.

How evil has the press become that they would find Tebow "offensive".

34 posted on 10/17/2009 8:15:42 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: stinkerpot65

Very .. PC, lib and brain dead,
incapable of level-headed thought.


35 posted on 10/17/2009 8:33:37 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

bttt


36 posted on 10/17/2009 8:35:22 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: circlecity
I pray Tebow will win again. Tebow won in 2007, and the type of performance he is showing has solidified himself as the top Heisman candidate in 2009.

Being an Alabama fan, I have to take the side of the Crimson Tide when we play Florida. But, my prayers and support for a young man such as Tebow will continue for he is an inspiration to our youth, Our Future.

37 posted on 10/18/2009 5:21:47 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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