Tim Tebow, Hobbes and God

December 13, 2011

Political Theory

According to Thomas Hobbes,  “there can happen no breach of covenant on the part of the sovereign; and consequently none of his subjects, by any pretence of forfeiture, can be freed from his subjection.”  Essentially Hobbes argues that the decisions a ruler makes are never to be contested and are to be taken as the law.

Tim Tebow, the current Denver Broncos quarterback, has gained notoriety for his highly visible belief that God has elected to respond to his prayers on the football field and beyond. Following a remarkable strain of victories (Tebow is 7-1 as the starter), more and more attention has been drawn to his celebratory thanks to God. Apparently, Tim Tebow has entered into his own social contract with God as he gives God all the credit for his abilities and amazing, come from behind victories. Win or lose, as Hobbes would dictate, Tebow would not complain as the ruler (God) has made the decision and by definition, it is just. One would never hear Tebow say after a loss that it was “his fault” they lost the game, he would instead insist that this was not what God had planned for or wanted and would walk away from the situation, still holding up his contract with God.

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Does God Follow Football?

Now, we are all aware of the inconsistent numbers Tebow puts up every week – even in his wins – as he earned a mere 68.3 NFL rating according to ESPN in his miraculous OT victory on Sunday over the Chicago Bears (to compare, star QB Aaron Rodgers earned a 96.7). Generally, these aren’t the numbers one would see in quarterback that is gaining such positive attention as being a great football player. So the question then becomes, is Tebow one of the most remarkable fourth quarter quarterbacks the NFl has seen in a while, or has he entered a social contract with God? Does he really have no control over his abilities and tactics? Majority of us would agree that these questions are ridiculous and argue that we are all accountable for the successes we achieve in life through hard work and dedication. However, as the media continues to depict Tebow as this Jesus loving figure, controversy is bound to arise. Individuals that follow the news but not the sport have become so consumed with Tebow and his relations with God that most of his criticism falls under the category of religion rather than  his abilities (or lack thereof in some minds) on the football field. Some of us even forget the most important concept in football – winning games. Nobody can deny Tebow’s abilities to step up when it counts most and pull out the victory. So is it fair for Tebow to give God all the credit? While majority of us have a hard time wrapping our heads around Tebow’s theories and practices, it is impossible for us ignore Tebow’s well-worded answers in response to his criticism and perhaps there are those for a moment in time actually believe Tebow and understand the contract he has entered with God. Tebow has used the analogy of saying “I love you” to your wife in response. “If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life”. He has a point. He responds so well to his critics and knows exactly what to say to make people stop questioning his faith yet people continue to hound him.

(Read more at http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/11/tim-tebow-responds-to-jake-plummers-comments-on-his-faith/1)

So, are Tebow’s remarkable wins just those of a God who listens to his prayers? Is there really such a thing as God winning football games?





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4 Comments on “Tim Tebow, Hobbes and God”

  1. chkeeler Says:

    Tim Tebow has proven that he can win games as a quarterback. I can acknowledge that he’s a good athlete and NFL player, but I cannot say he is a good quarterback. His mechanics are atrocious, his accuracy is inconsistent, and arm strength is questionable. People will argue that this does not matter since he is winning games, but being a quarterback is more than just winning. It’s consistently making plays that put your team in a position to win. Tebow has one of the best defenses in the NFL helping his poor performance, as did Trent Dilfer when the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl almost a decade ago. But replace Tom Brady with Tim Tebow on the Patriots, and that team becomes a sub-par caliber team.
    I appreciate that Tebow pays tribute to God by doing things the right way, but I do not like how he markets himself as the “chosen” one. There are many, many good Christian men in the NFL whom Jesus plays a huge part in their life. However, they don’t go and force their beliefs on to other players. They keep their religious beliefs aside from football, and give thanks to God on their own terms. The way Tebow responds in interviews, it makes it seem to the general public that God is only watching out for Tim Tebow and is control of what happens on the field. I feel strongly that God does not dictate the results of football games, but rather is present in spirit ensuring players safety. For Tebow to think that God has a planned outcome for only his performance on the field and its His decision who wins the game, Tebow needs to reconsider himself as a legitimate Christian.

  2. zekeharris Says:

    I think we all know that Tim Tebow is not the greatest football player in the world, but he wins games and you can’t knock him for that. He won in Florida so it is kind of disappointing how he shouldn’t and can’t win now. God and sports in my opinion is the same as God in every other part of life. To me it doesn’t matter how little or insignificant it may seem praying and asking for help is always a good thing. I do agree that he should not force himself on others but are others willing to accept his openness? I have never heard him claim to be the “chosen one” but if he does I think that is going a little to far, and I feel the same way about Lebron James and the Chosen One he has inked on his shoulders. There is a right as well as a wrong way to go about this and right now he’s walking on both sides. There hasn’t been a player that has made such a disturbance in the NFL since T.O and his celebrations.
    They say bad publicity is good publicity and maybe the fact that he is at least trying to put God out to the public instead of how much money he has or how he’s the best ever. I think all the hate will die down but only when he loses sadly. At least then we will really be able to see if he is really on God’s side at the end of the day.

  3. kirtip Says:

    I think Tim Tebow has taken a little too much heat for his religious beliefs. I am pretty sure, christian, Budist, jewish, atheist, or any other religion, most of us will agree that people should be free to practice the religious belief of their choice. So then, why does everyone get up-in-arms when Tebow takes a knee for the opportunity to play in the NFL and for giving him the gift of athletic abilities when he scores? Why is this such a bad thing. He is definitely not forcing his beliefs on the viewers. He is not mocking or disrespecting other people like some people (i.e. the celebration mocking Plaxico Burress shooting himself). He is simply practicing his beliefs in a small way on the field. Why do we have the right to stop him from doing this?
    Furthermore I don’t think he believes he is in a contract with God, but rather that God has given him the gift of athletic ability and the opportunity to use it, and he believes he should thank him for that gift.


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