Tonight's Broncos-Patriots playoff game should be great. It pits two fascinating quaterbacks-- Tom Brady and Tim Tebow-- against each other.
Brady is perhaps the best quaterback to ever play the game. I'm a tremendous fan of his. He has posted accomplishments-- wins, Superbowl victories, touchdown passes, completion percentages, rarity of interceptions-- that are almost hard to believe. He has an elegant passing style. I always root for him even when he's playing my hometown teams-- the Jets and Giants. My kids won't talk to me on game day. Rooting for the Patriots in a New York family is serious misconduct. I don't care. Brady is great.
Tim Tebow has one of Brady's skills-- he wins, consistently. His passing style may not be much, but he has incredible guts and leadership, and it's hard to root against him.
His quite public Christianity has been mocked, and he has been the target of astonishing vituperation. He responds with humility and humor (kind of like... let me think... hmmm... what blogger consistently shows similar modesty and meekness... ).
In Christ's body, Tebow's the throwing arm. I'm... the spleen, perhaps. Some would surely assign me a different body part.
But I love Tebow. It's probably gauche to root for a fellow Christian the way one roots for a football team. But I'll make an exception for Tebow. He's such an obviously decent guy, and I deeply admire his very public acknowledgement of Christ. I'll be rooting for him, despite my admiration for Brady.
God bless Tim Tebow. We need good men and real heroes.