"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
The phenomenon of “Tebowing”…
Well I came across something on the internet today called Tebowing. So you may ask yourself…What is Tebowing? According to tebowing.com tebowing is “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” I always found these Internet sensations a little amusing, but on this one I am a little conflicted. Let me tell you why. Tim Tebow is a Christian. He has made his faith known early on, and has taken up public causes like right to life. So it should be no surprise that Tim Tebow prays….in public…for all to see. Thus the term “Tebow”ing. This movement is…well….mocking Tebow for praying in public. Some of the shots of people “Tebowing” are pretty humorous. I can’t help but wonder though…are they mocking prayer in general or…or they mocking Tebow specifically?
The really interesting thing is that the Bible does specifically address situations such as this.
Matthew 6:5 – 6
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Now this is not to call Tim Tebow a hypocrite, because I do not know the man at all. I certainly do not want to come down on Tebow for praying before big games or a big series or whatever. Biblically, we should always be praying. Personally speaking, I have some days where I feel like I am in constant prayer, and constantly speaking with God. What I call into question is the need to publicly display it, in the manner in which Tebow is doing it.
It would appear that, at face value, what Tebow is doing is a contradiction to scripture. When you look at the context of the verse it also appears that there is a very close resemblance to that.
So then the question…am I being to harsh on Tebow? Am I being to big of a square for thinking that “tebowing” is mocking prayer?
By the way…the website is available HERE