Jewish Journal

Pray for Tim Tebow

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 8, 2009 | 8:46 pm

Tim Tebow loves God. The Florida quarterback is always talking about him. And it seems like everybody loves Tim Tebow.

Let’s reflect quickly on this church sign that sprouted up earlier this season:

Just when you thought Florida quarterback Tim Tebow couldn’t have anymore pressure dumped upon his shoulders, one Gainesville minister posted this sign less than a mile from the Gators’ practice field on Monday morning.

Eric Brown, the 31-year-old minister at Gainesville’s Campus Church of Christ, says he hopes Tebow sees the sign while the Heisman Trophy winner drives to and from campus. If you’re wondering about the Bible verse, Matthew 6:13, you might already know it. It’s the final few lines of the Lord’s Prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Pause for a moment to let that thought role around in your brain. For some, Tebow is apparently much more than just a leader of the University of Florida football team.

Brown says he has been preparing a sermon for nearly a month about the Bible verse and, after watching ESPN College GameDay a few weeks ago, decided to add a few thoughts about Tebow to his message. Many media outlets have chronicled Tebow’s use of fame as a platform for his faith. ...

“I’m going to pray that [Tebow] is true to his faith because if he falls and gets caught up in some kind of scandal it will be bad for Christianity,” Brown said.

He definitely has. I can’t remember ever seeing a college athlete as mature (see his speech following the Ole Miss loss after the jump), and committed to God, as Tebow. He has been all about Jesus since before he even arrived in Gainesville, and tonight Tebow will be fighting for the second national championship of the Heisman Trophy winner’s college football career. And he’s only a junior.

Go Gators.

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