First, let me whisper something very important: If you are a Bronco fan and do not believe that there is some divine force orchestrating Tebow’s fourth quarter magic, Shhhhhh!!!! Don’t let Tebow hear you!
How could it not be a good thing for our man to have an unwavering belief (as misguided as it might be) that God or God’s angels have taken the field. Those sacred field crashers are steering running backs out of bounds, and snatching footballs from their hands when to do anything less would be to cede victory to mere mortals.
There are two key theological terms relevant to our No. 1 point: transcendence and immanence.
The transcendence of divinity refers to how vast God is, how the divine realm is far above the human plane of existence. Immanence, on the other hand, speaks to the presence of the divine in our earthly midst.
After Barber fumbled, Tebow started singing about the transcendent getting immanent: “You came from heaven to earth.” The rest of that song, in case you were wondering, goes, “to show the way; from the earth to the cross, my debt to pay; from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky, Lord I lift your name on high.”
It is in the interest of every Broncos' fan—atheist, agnostic, Jew, Gentile—to keep Tebow and his teammates believing in miracles. If, at some point, Tebow snaps out of it and starts to think that God doesn’t care about football after all, I want that moment to come right after the Super Bowl, while he is hoisting a trophy above his head and muttering, “What just happened?”
Now check out the sounds for yourself.