Was Tim Tebow’s loss in playoff game divinely ordained?
As a religious skeptic, I would answer the question in the headline above with a simple admission that I don’t know for sure.
But even if I were a devout religionist, I can’t imagine that I would ascribe to God a great interest in who wins or who loses a sporting contest. I would not be one of those millions of Americans who say that God has played a direct role in Tim Tebow’s gridiron heroics this season (see HERE and HERE).
Here’s a question that seems not to occur to those who think God is on Tebow’s side on the football field: What about the players on the other teams who are equally as religious? Tebow isn’t the only devout Christian in the NFL. The teams he has defeated this season no doubt have had players every bit as devout as he is. These other players may not wear their religiosity as conspicuously on their sleeves as Tebow does, but that doesn’t mean they are any less faithful to the Man Upstairs.
So how can anyone say with any degree of certainty that Tebow’s successes this season have been divinely ordained?
Make no mistake about this. Even as a religious skeptic, I don’t object in the least to Tebow’s outward displays of his faith. As long as he’s not pushing religious bigotry or advocating theocratic government, I don’t have any problem with his public displays of piety. That’s his business, not mine.
And it’s Tebow’s business if he believes that God guides his every move on the football field and determines whether he wins or loses. My only point here is that even if I were reverentially religious, I wouldn’t likely agree with those millions of other people who are quite sure that divine intervention plays a role in the fortunes of the Denver Broncos.
It seems to me that Tebow’s relationship with the God in which believes is beyond the understanding of others. And perhaps he thinks so, too.