Andrew Sullivan on Tim Tebow and Christianism:
That a really good quarterback (or so I’m told) is also a devout evangelical Christian should concern no one, it seems to me. That he often displays his faith by kneeling in the middle of games strikes me as banal given the end-zone shenanigans that also go on. But it’s worth noting that for Christians, it should be a problem. Prayer is not supposed to be a public event, designed to display your holiness in front of the maximum number of people.
Indeed, I couldn’t agree more — prayer is almost certainly a private activity, that ought to be confined to the home, or to a forum such as the church where those about you are of a like-minded disposition. The world would be a much calmer and restful place, if followers of the Nazarene didn’t take Matthew 28:19 (Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost) so literally.
My principal gripe with Tebow in particular relates more to his denigration and trivialisation of prayer, as it were. Even if there was any sort of omnipresent, omnipotent being, I highly doubt that he would care enough about the Broncos to interfere in games of American football in Tebow’s favour. In fact, Tebow is doing a kind of disservice to his own abilities as a quarterback, attributing any talent he evidently worked hard to nurture to a being who hears him not and cares little for him.