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The Fascination of Tim Tebow: Is it Him or Is it Us?

At the young age of 24 years Tim Tebow represents what I refer to as the 4 C’s Curiosity, Conviction, Courage & Commitment. He chooses to live EXCUSE FREE. A rare quality at such a young age but one grounded in his faith in God, his parents, football and charitable acts. Evangelical Christian beliefs in white Americans have become associated with the far right of the Republican Party, pushed harder to the right as a response to our harsh economic times. At a time when the country is polarized between the right appearing to become stronger in their beliefs and the left appearing weaker measured by lack of economic growth, the last three plus years of Tim Tebow’s fame have become the embodiment of church vs. state, republican vs. democrat, and in meeting the social needs of the have not’s, the Bronco’s Gladiator vs. Tebow as the People’s Gladiator.

Although a devout Christian, Tim Tebow is all of he above, thereby breaking the rules in choosing what best fits him and living accordingly. Rather than living up to the stereotype of the hot jock or the young athlete who fails and finally learns humility, he succeeds, with humility. We like to watch people struggle then get back up so our myopic world stays intact. Hopeful.

We want to know at the end of the day that guy is one of us. Tebow upsets the generation of football fans, reality TV, press (in all formats) and social media as a football player who is unabashed about remaining a virgin. Many people live vicariously through athletes like Tim Tebow sexy, handsome, access to models, and no shortage of money; considered a walking reality show just by being. Unfortunately, this same generation is all too eager to lose their virginity and test a new love prospect by having sex on by the third date. Maybe, its time we take a look at our norm regarding sexual intimacy and focus on whom the person is in front of us first than what’s in their pants.

In Tim Tebows reflection we are threatened by our own laziness to do the work, our self-centeredness and our unwillingness to take a risk. I believe the controversy of Tim Tebow does not lie within him or his behavior of kneeling on the football field but of his representation of the multiple cross roads our country is at socially, politically and spiritually.

Posted by Dr. Leslie Seppinni on February 3, 2012|Category: Career, Celebrity, Economy, Education, Election, Excuse Free Living, Family & Relationships, Health, Love & Relationships, Mental Health, Politics, Religion, Self Esteem, Self Help, Social Media, Sports No Comments »