The Gospel of Tim Tebow: The Politics of Allegorical [mis]Interpretations

This past weekend, the Broncos defeated the Steelers in overtime by what has been deemed a miracle pass to Demaryius Thomas. Many thanked God while others “Tebowed” in excitement.  Never before has football and religion collided in such an interesting and controversial form.  Can you even have a Tim Tebow conversation without mocking discussing religion? Can “Tebowing” and “praying” be used interchangeably under the guise of sincerity? Critics accuse Tebow of making a mockery of Christianity while football fanatics embrace it. The league is  full of outlandish football celebrations, felons, drug users/dealers, etc; a few seconds giving thanks to God after a touchdown doesn’t seem like a bad thing.  The politics and contradictions of religion has always been a subject of great critique when it justified violence and non-egalitarian ideals and misinterpretations of biblical principles.  Tebow is not exempt from that same criticism.  Divine intervention is almost expected when the Broncos play and so is the mockery that follows his humble celebrations.

Tebow has been compared to Jesus Christ on many occasions,  to, both, suggest that he is a religious allegory and to rationalize his faith.  This comparison was closely analyzed by the Huffington Post after he completed 10 passes.  He average 31.6 yards when he passed to Thomas, who was born on Christmas Day.  In the final quarter, the rating was 31.6 being the most watched wild-card game since 1988.  Additionally, the only interception Ben Roethlisberger threw on Sunday was on 3rd and 16.

During one game, Bill Mahr tweeted, “Wow, Jesus just ***** Tim Tebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler, ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’”  Other commentators say Tebow should leave “Jesus talk” to preachers and evangelists.  Tim Tebow has not suggested that his opponents don’t have a chance because Jesus is a Bronco’s fan.  He simply thanks Jesus for his accomplishments.  Philosophers such as Nietzsche, Marx, and Kant dwell on the possible consequences of  exploiting orthodox religious praxis.  In other words, there are consequences to “man-made” gods and the exploitation of such.  Using their rhetoric, we should deconstruct these allegorical ideals that aim to paint Tebow as something other than what he is: an NFL quarterback.

This isn’t the first time an athlete’s religion has come into the spotlight and analyzed from every point.  So, why is Christianity so offensive now?  Is it religious insensitivity because many fans are Islamic, Buddhist, Judaic, Rastafarian, Atheist, etc.?  Does his religion matter and could “Tebowing” be considered blasphemous?!

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2 responses to “The Gospel of Tim Tebow: The Politics of Allegorical [mis]Interpretations

  1. You know, I have no problem with Tebow’s religion or the fact that he is proud of it.
    The problem I do have is people attributing his accomplishments to magic or solely the grace of god. The fact is he is a talented athlete and he has faith in both himself and his team and that shows. While it is great to thank god for any talents he has given you, what does religion do to enhance sports?
    It’s all fine and well to pray for courage and strength, but what does it serve to pray for another team’s demise in the same breath? I believe that tactic was used in the crusades as well. Religion is a personal matter. If Tebow chooses to express his love for religion so that it is choice. Although, I will say that after a while I distrust those who always feel the need to proclaim their devotion to religion as often as possible. It usually means you’re trying to convince others of something that might not exist. Those who truly have faith and follow their path to god show it through their actions and everyday habits.

    As for Tebowing…that’s just the move that he chose to be known for, I don’t think it’s blasphemous. If anything it reminds me of the “The Thinker” statue than anything religious. Just as T.O. has his own move and Victor Cruz has his dance and Aaron Rodgers has his, this is what Tebow chose to do.

  2. This poem pretty much says it all

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