Phillippians 4:13 and Tim Tebow: The Man Behind a Message

Cres StophelCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2009

In a world today where all over the world people are being persecuted for their faith, Tim Tebow proclaims his beliefs publicly every Saturday.

Tebow not only states his Christian beliefs publicly, but he also lives up to the meaning of what he wears on his eye black.

Phillippians 4.13, the message Tebow reminds himself of, every football game, proclaims, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I believe verses like these gave Tebow the courage and power to go on to a Heisman Trophy, and a chance, tomorrow, at the National Championship.

In some ways it pained me to write this article in honor of Tebow’s courage because I myself am a die-hard Sooner fan. But even the most die-hard Sooner can admit it when a man forgets about what everyone else thinks or says, and displays their beliefs for anyone to see.

In the world we live in today, public education, politics, and media, have virtually expelled the freedom to express views or practices of Christianity (Prayer, the Bible, ect.). If Christ is ever mentioned, it’s usually in a crass or disrespecting manner to make fun of the Christian faith.

But even through all this criticism, Tebow continues to wear his belief right in the center of his face. The face that is seen not only by his peers, not only by the thousands in the stands, but the face of a Heisman trophy winner, who’s games are broadcasting nationwide for hundreds of thousands to see.

Tebow may not be the next Billy Graham, but his courage to share his beliefs should be mimicked by anyone who believes in anything. He is an example of bravery to stand up for what you believe, without a second thought about who is watching and what they may think.

That is a real man.