Jews For Tim Tebow
For Tim Tebow’s faithful Christian followers, the Denver Broncos’ lopsided playoff loss Saturday night to the brand new England Patriots might have posed a theological drawback. Where was God who had so graciously heeded Tebow’s prayers in all of those previous come-from-behind victories this season? Did Tebow pray in a different way earlier than this sport? Did he kneel unsuitable this time? Did his petitions lack the usual fervency and intention? Was God too busy to answer Tebow’s requires help?
Tebow’s followers will certainly get over the tough publish-season loss and stay grateful for an thrilling season, throughout which the younger southpaw quarterback amassed a nation of followers. The Tim Tebow craze heated up because the Denver Broncos’ quarterback shepherded (sorry!) his crew into the playoffs. In November I wrote about about how Tim Tebow and his kneeling in public prayer (“Tebowing”) was the featured subject of any discussion of prayer in sports activities. Nobody had any idea that the Tebowing craze would continue to be such a hot topic late into the NFL season. Whether or not God is on his side or he is just a phenomenal athlete in crunch situations, Tebow has definitely turn out to be the subject on everybody’s thoughts.
The most popular article written in regards to the Jewish perspective on Tim Tebow was by my colleague Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Connecticut. After i first learn his article on The Jewish Week’s webpage, I had to repeatedly return and re-learn every sentence as a result of I could not imagine what Hammerman was arguing. Apparently, neither did most individuals together with Gary Rosenblatt, the editor of The Jewish Week, who had the article taken down from the web site (but not before it was published in the print version).
Out of respect for Hammerman, I determined to not comment on his article at the time. He was receiving a heavy quantity of criticism from Tebow followers who took exception together with his overly harsh critique of the quarterback. Hammerman”s article learn more like a satirical piece that was printed a number of months before Purim, the Jewish vacation on which such satire is commonplace. Hammerman wrote, “If Tebow wins the Tremendous Bowl, in opposition to all odds, it’ll buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane issues, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants.” After The Jewish Week took down the article, Hammerman issued an apology to Tim Tebow, his fans and his household. The Jewish Week also issued an apology explaining that the article “violated our own requirements calling for civility in posting comments on our web site.”
Rabbi Hammerman ate some crow and issued the next statement:
I have spent my complete profession engaged in dialogue with people of all faiths while speaking out passionately towards intolerance and extremism. I have the deepest respect for those who are dedicated to their religion, together with Mr. Tebow. I understand the way in which wherein I attempted to make my factors was clumsy and inappropriate, calling to mind the kind of intolerance and extremism my article was supposed to disparage. I sincerely apologize to Mr. Tebow, his household, the Broncos and Patriots and all those whom I might have offended.
The tide, nevertheless, appears to have shifted. Jews went from both not understanding what to make of Tim Tebow and his public displays of his Evangelical Christian religion to criticizing his fanaticism, as Rabbi Hammerman regretfully wrote. Now, teams called “Jews for Tebow” are sprouting up everywhere. A “Jews for Tebow” Facebook page has close to 500 Likes. Jewish fans are exhibiting up to Tebow’s games sporting “Jews for Tebow” shirts and rabbis are speaking positively about Tebow from the pulpit.
The “Jews for Tebow” Fb web page was created by a non-observant Israeli named Ike Thaler, who is just not from Denver (he lives in South Florida). What prompted him to create the Tebow Facebook group on behalf of Jewish followers? He explains, “I have been a Tebow fan since his first yr in College, however I decided to search for a forum to specific my assist for Tim Tebow as well as find a method to provide a unique Tim Tebow fan page which incorporates extra humor and the lighter side of the topic. I needed to create a fan page like no different Tim Tebow fan web page. Our page is ‘not your father or mother’s Tim Tebow fan web page’.”
Thaler’s own religion has strengthened since turning into a Tebow fan. He claims that his loyalty and admiration have grown tenfold since seeing Tebow getting battered for expressing his religious beliefs. “I obviously disagree with his religious views, however I admire him for being so optimistic and sticking to his morals by expressing his priorities in serving God over the temptations that fame and the superstar standing bring into his life. What a positive role mannequin.”
I’m noticing more Jewish folks talking about Tebow and that i get a whole lot of questions about my opinion on Tebowing. I believe it is great that he has robust beliefs and isn’t embarrassed to precise these beliefs in public through his feedback or his actions. Tebow is not forcing anybody else to believe what he does, however he is happy with his core beliefs.