I read this article detailing Tim Tebow’s recent speech at Liberty University and I came across this one line:
“In the end, football is just a silly game. Greatness comes from serving.”
Is it possible to say “Amen” and outwardly sigh at the same time? If so, that’s what I did when I read this quote.
Before I go any further, I must acknowledge my own ignorance when addressing this quote. I don’t know the greater context in which it was uttered. Nonetheless, I think you’ll see my perspective stands up.
On the one hand, I fully affirm that true greatness does not come directly from football. Tebow is right to point this out given how prone we all are to make sports an idol. Undoubtedly, his inspiration for saying this comes from Luke 22:24-27 and Mark 10:45. Amen to all of that.
Where I disagree is where Tebow says that football is just a silly game. Tebow does a disservice to the intersection of sports and Christianity when he says this. As I’ve written before, when you say something like this, it creates a false dichotomy. Behind that saying is a belief that says, “Some things are important and some things are not. Football is not important.