At the height of the “Tebow Time” phenomenon, the world could not get enough of the faith-filled football player Tim Tebow. Tebow became the most well-known Christian in America. I once described him in a tweet as the next generation’s Billy Graham. He is not afraid to share his faith one-on-one or in front of large audiences. Even TV audiences. He is not ashamed of the gospel and all that it entails: his pro-life stance, his virginity, his multiple charitable endeavors.
After a successful season in Denver where the Broncos organization mistreated him, Tebow got traded to the New York Jets. He is welcomed into the biggest media market in the entire world. For many of us Christians, we applauded this trade. He didn’t get much respect from his coaches in the Bronco organization. He was apparently going to a team that wanted him and would provide him an opportunity to share his faith on a much grander scale. It seemed a trade ordained by heaven.
But instead it has seemed, to his fans at least, like more of a hellish experience. Why? Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has not designed much for him to do for the Jets. Head coach Rex Ryan is stubborn and continues to go with the subpar quarterback Mark Sanchez over Tebow. Those are the obvious reasons. I suggest there is more to it beneath the surface.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12).
Satan does not want Tim Tebow to succeed in New York City. He does not want the world’s largest media and entertainment center to celebrate Tim. If you celebrate Tebow, you celebrate his faith. It is that essential to his personality, his story, his being.
Suppose for a minute that it is the devil who is making Coach Ryan more stubborn than a mule. Imagine that the evil one is thwarting Tony Sparano’s offensive attack. For if Tebow were to play in New York City, and play well, there would be more TV interviews, more magazine articles, more Tebow. And more Tebow means more discussions of his Christian faith.
Certainly I understand that God is in control. Nothing happens without His knowledge, His approval. At any point and time He can change Tebow’s circumstances. I am hopeful that time will come soon. In the meantime, I am actively praying against the “spiritual forces of evil” that may be standing in the way.
We need the world to once again celebrate “Tebow Time.” Because when it does the world is confronted with more of Christ.