Is Tebowing the same thing as Praying?

Tim Tebow is the NFL man of the moment. The young quarterback is deeply religious and he does not mind showing it. He bows in submission when he is successful. I always thought he was thanking God or praying in recognition of the fact that God was his source, but this act of prayer has been redefined as tebowing. To me it seems that there has been a secular name substituted for the act of praying. Am I wrong aren’t they the same thing tebowing and praying? It is interesting to hear sports pundits by into Tebow because he is currently winning, but when the Broncos lose and they will, will the new converts on the bandwagon scoff at tebowing or praying? Tell me what you think. I have linked to a story about teens tebowing.

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  • Deacon Don  On December 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    People can and will call it what they want, but those who perform this action with a genuine spirit of humility before the Lord will be known by Him and to me little else matters.

    On the issue of changing the language I think that if a sufficient number of people respond to the use of the current popular term with something like… “I agree [to whatever positive comment may have been made]. When he [she/they] KNEELS TO PRAY it carries the right message for young people topday… [or whatever is appropriate to the conversation at the time].

    Every time we hear the trendy word used we have the chance to “reset” the language use to what it was before by our response.

  • Mo Rage  On December 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Actually, Mr. Tebow would say that’s all it is, that’s all he’s doing is praying.

    The reason it’s “Tebowing” is because a) it’s always in the same, one-knee position with a hand over his eyes and b) it’s, obnoxiously, in public.

    Apparently Mr. Tebow isn’t familiar with all the Bible. He should reference Matthew 6:5. If he would and then practice it, he wouldn’t get any grief and we wouldn’t find him obnoxious or mock him.

    • elogam  On December 17, 2011 at 6:56 am

      It is with shock and surprise that I find Mo Rage is *gasp* ADVERSE TO SOMEONE PRAYING WHERE HE CAN SEE IT! Why do atheists feel that the majority of us who profess a faith should only practice it in a place and manner in which they proscribe? The prayer is a conversation with God. And like any other conversation that is conducted, if it does not concern you, MYOB! To be blunt, nobody really cares what you think about their conversation with God.

      Like most atheists, you know JUST ENOUGH about the Bible to flummox the uninitiated or the believer who has not taken the time to read and study the Word in depth and in context. Jesus was contrasting those who prayed “for show”, loudly and publicly, so as to convince others that they were holy and pious. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Tebow is sincere about his faith and how he practices it, so unless it becomes a ritual he does for the benefit of the crowd you are off base. There are instances in the Bible where people prayed publicly. Elijah for example. That happened in 1 Kings. (look it up. it’s educational.) Moses prayed in front of the tribes. Sampson prayed for strength just before he took down the temple and slew the Philistines. Guess they were doing it wrong too, eh?

      As usual at this point, I have some recommended reading for you my atheist friend: Psalms 14:1. And leave Mr. Tebow alone. If you don’t want to watch, you don’t have to; it’s a free world.

      • Mo Rage  On December 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        Matthew 6:5

        “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.”

  • elogam  On December 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Short answer: No. One can “Tebow” and not utter a word of prayer. It’s like planking or vogue-ing or walking like an Egyptian.

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