By David Beilstein
ACCORDING to Breitbart, Evangelical football superman Tim Tebow is trademarking “Tebowing” — that is, getting down on one knee, fist clenched, and praying. Whoever attempts the same move, then, might end up coughing up a few bucks.
I don’t like Tim Tebow and the present circumstance is one reason why. How does one trademark prayer? — and how is it that evangelicalism always seems to run contrary to clear passages of Holy Scripture in an effort to steam-roll the culture with some kind of “Christian” witness?
St. Matthew’s Gospel, chapter six, does ring a bell somewhere does it not?
“Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”
While I would never judge the sincerity of one Christian from another — I do know that trademarking prayer — as if you can! — has little to do, it seems to me, with piety and is much more about earthly glory, about Tim Tebow, and ‘jumping jacks for Jesus’ than the Holy God revealed in Sacred Scripture.
In other words, “Tebowing”, it seems to me, humbly, is about Tim Tebow — not God. It is Finney-esque revival shenanigans all too common in the crass commercial Christianity of America.
And that is the problem.
Why can’t Tebow just be a great football player and keep his faith private, sincere, and modest, rather than turning it into a carnival for all to see?