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Posted: January 11, 2012

Apparently, God is a Broncos fan

Tebow's faith is hope on steroids

David Sneed

God, apparently, is a Broncos fan. That's good news because, since Elway left and someone thought Josh McDaniel was a football coach, we've needed the help. Of course I don't believe much of what I've written so far.

Let me be upfront about this: God doesn't care who wins a game. If it turns out that he has a favorite team he's going to lose a lot of out-of-town Christians; and God's smarter than that. God also doesn't care if you get that promotion, if your business succeeds or if you win the lottery. That's not to say there is no correlation between Tebow's faith and the Broncos' ridiculous wins though.

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus explains to a couple of disciples why they can't manage to cast out a demon:

Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, remove from here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

They don't have faith in themselves. Mustard is the underdog of seeds, but because it believes it can grow, it grows to be the biggest of all the herbs. With that kind of faith, Jesus says, you can move a mountain or beat the Steelers in overtime.

Tim Tebow prays for victory (or strength, or whatever), and each time the prayer seems answered, it isn't because God wants Denver to win - it's answered because Tebow believes it'll be answered. He has the faith that Jesus was talking about.

Does that sound familiar? It should. You've probably heard this quote from Thomas Edison: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."

Thomas Edison and Jesus are saying the same thing, and it applies to everything we do.

If you think you've had faith once before and it didn't work, you may have confused "faith" with "hope." Faith is hope on steroids. If you're looking for a promotion, feel free to "hope" you get one and eventually you might.

If you have FAITH you'll get a promotion though, and BELIEVE enough in the power of whatever you pray to, you're more likely to get it. Why? Because of the changes you've made in your attitude. Believing that you're promotion ready affects your actions, and it's those changes that make you promotion ready in reality - not the prayer for a better job, or the belief in a supernatural being.

Tim Tebow believes so strongly in God that it affects everything and everyone around him. Christians will tell you that it's the God part that makes the difference, but it isn't. It's Tebow's belief that all things are possible if you believe they are. It's his mustard seed belief in himself - the same faith that anyone, regardless of religious preference, can use to make themselves more confident and willing to tackle challenges.

Positive thinking doesn't always work, as we'll see the next time the Broncos lose and the quarterback is asked "Did you lose because you didn't pray hard enough?" But it works well enough that you can't find a quote anywhere that contradicts Thomas Jefferson: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from reaching his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
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David Sneed is the owner of Alpine Fence Company,and the author of" Everyone Has A Boss– The Two Hour Guide to Being the Most Valuable Employee at Any Company." As a Marine, father, employee and boss, David has learned how to help others succeed. He teaches the benefits of a strong work ethic to entry and mid-level employees. Contact him at  David@EveryoneHasABoss.com

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More modern, in context of the sentence containing it, refers not to present day people. I understand how the 'modern' part could be confusing. No, I was thinking 1000-ish AD, which, to pre-biblical times, is more modern. Think Maya, or Inca. Any Aztecs, please comment. By David Sneed on 2012 01 18
"Or take more modern Native Americans. They had no Christianity but still managed incredible feats of what we would consider immorality" Any modern Native Americans care to comment? By nonbeliever on 2012 01 18
Part2: "Go back to dogma to find numerous examples of immoral treatment of others." Immoral treatment of others began long before dogma. Pre-biblical history shows the unbelievably cruel things we did to each other while we only believed in trees, and rocks. Or take more modern Native Americans. They had no Christianity but still managed incredible feats of what we would consider immorality. Your use of the word 'immoral' is based on your worldview, which, I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you, is based on a Christian ethic. And my arguments aren't from a religious point of view, but historical and sociological. By David Sneed on 2012 01 17
"It should be based on how humans treat each other regardless of supernatural beliefs" ? True enough. Once you figure out the 'rules' you'll want to write them down. People have always been cruel to each other, and even 3000 years ago they wrote down the 'rules' for treating each other. Eventually Hammurabi dies though, and no one enforces the rules anymore. Then someone got the bright idea: Write the 'rules' and include a permanent enforcer, a God who'll send you to hell if you disobey. Congratulations, you've just created a religion. And you did it to make the world a better place. Did it work? Who knows? Maybe we'd have died out long ago without it, maybe we'd be better off. Either way, religion began with your idea, Agnostic, of creating a world where we all treat each other well. By David Sneed on 2012 01 17
The benchmark does not require any basis in religious text or dogma. It should be based on how humans treat each other regardless of supernatural beliefs . Go back to dogma to find numerous examples of immoral treatment of others. By Nonbeliever on 2012 01 17
@The Poster formerly known as Agnostic:I don't disagree with anything you say, and I too wonder why a just God would permit suffering. I guess if one DOES believe in God, then he'd have to assume God knows what he's doing. I have no doubt that an agnostic or atheist can be as (if not more) moral than a believer, and raise his family that way. To judge what's "moral" though, we need a benchmark to measure against - and almost all of us use a religious text for that. Being brought up in a Christian society, we all (whether we know it or not) use the Christian definition of morality to judge behavior. Our laws, too, use the Christian definition. As far as acts perpetrated "In the name of God," ...they aren't. Men have always tried to justify their inhumanity towards one another, and "God Told Me To" is a convenient excuse. Behind it all is usually greed, a very non-God trait. I personally don't have a dog in this fight, but these are my thoughts on the matter. By David Sneed on 2012 01 16
Thanks for singling me out separately than @everyone else. However, my question was still not addressed. If there is a god, why is there so much suffering in the world? If god is all-knowing and all-powerful, why does he choose not to do something about that suffering? What does that say about what kind of god he is? If he can't do anything about it, then apparently he is impotent. Which brings to mind another question. What about all the atrocities committed in the "name of god", whether it be Muslim, Christian, Jewish or any other religion? I'm thinking of 9/11, the Crusades, or the burning of "witches" at the stake. Those of us who are godless are not immoral (I'd argue some of the examples I just mentioned are quite immoral.). We raise our children to respect the human race and be freethinkers. By Nonbeliever (poster formerly known as Agnostic) on 2012 01 16
John, the verses you quote seem to suggest prayer in private only, but when Jesus prayed in public (giving thanks for the fish,thanking the Father for the healing of Lazarus), etc. was he violating his own mandate? Is it more the intent of the heart God looks at? Is Tim Tebow lifting himself as he bows in prayer, or pointing us all humbly to the one he follows (see Luke 18: 10-14, same outward look, much different internal response)? It seems public prayers are under attack from the right and from the left today. I pray we can all discern the truth about the opportunity to find a living faith that helps us "pray without ceasing" as Paul said. I'd have a hard time doing that every day from my closet... just a thought... blessings on your day. By Scott on 2012 01 16
Very good article. I think, such types of article and comments enhances this forum. By RobertNelson on 2012 01 14
Matthew 6: 1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. I think this Bible passage pretty much says it all. By John Heckers, MA, CPC, BCPC on 2012 01 14
Dave, you understand what a lot of Christians don't get yet. It's not the prayer but the faith behind it that causes God to pay attention to the request. I know there are a bunch of men and women on professional sports teams who share the same faith as Tim Tebow. Because of his position and because the Broncos are winning some games, the spotlight is on him. What I love about Tim is the way he inspires his team to play all out. It inspires me, to want to play all out, in all areas of my life. Thomas Jefferson was right. You may not have intended this to be a religious article, but it's helped to deepen my faith with it's focus! By Sweet Ger on 2012 01 14
@Agnostic: You can go ahead and use the name "Atheist" from now on. I think the NOT SURE train pulled out of the station a couple hours ago and you weren't on it. Thank you for adding to the conversation. (: @Everyone Else, Thanks for reading and thinking, and taking the time to comment. By David Sneed on 2012 01 13
The article sure has a lot of tones though; regarding faith, God, belief, thinking. Things spiritual and untangible. Inspiring messages. It's not exactly, or strictly a sports article either. Or at least that's not why I read Colorado Biz e-magazine. By Ann on 2012 01 12
I don't think this was meant as a religious article. By John Elway on 2012 01 11
I thought God was a Dallas Cowboy fan, you know the hole in the roof so He can watch! Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of that which is unseen. Tim Tebow has faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and he simply says so and lives his life with this assurance. Those of you agnostics who don't know yet, are still searching out your own faith. Those of you atheists believe there is no God, that's your faith, that's what you are putting your assurance in; your conviction in. Tebow's faith is just who he is. I say pray on Brother, it's who you are and the rest of us can just keep watching and cheering you on as long as you have strength to run and pass. If you fail we'll still be waiting to see what you do next season win or loose. Be who you are in public and in private. Why do some want him to close off that part of Tim Tebow that makes him... Tim Tebow? By Scott on 2012 01 11
John - WOW! Really dude, you want to say he can't thank God on national tv because it makes you uncomfortable? Tebow is not trying to orchestrate a group prayer with the fans before games so your point is a bit weak. That is like saying, I do not want to listen to ABC news because it makes me uncomfortable. CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Agnostic - God has nothing to do with how many religious groups are formed either. God also has nothing to do with suffering just like He has nothing to do with football games. Believing in God is not a guarantee that your life will be all skippy. If you do not believe in God then you do not believe, but let's not get all huffy about a bunch of fans and over the top media coverage wanting to make God a Bronco fan. Besides, they are going to lose to the Pats this weekend and then everyone can go back to their politically correct worlds. By Ed on 2012 01 11
While Tim Tebow certainly has a right to be as religious as he wishes, I really wish people would keep the religious observances for more appropriate times than national TV unless you're a televangelist or the pope. Tebow's displays make many others who just came to watch football and not see a sermon, uncomfortable. Kudos to him for his faith. But I'd like to see more of a quiet faith and the prayer done "secretly, in your closet," rather than as a public display. Dave --- the separation of Church and State is an important principle for running our country, but it is in a letter of Jefferson's, not in the Constitution. And even if it were in the Constitution (which it isn't), it would have nothing to do with Broncos football. The Broncos are a private ball club, and not bound by any Constitutional principles. The government cannot create a state religion and it has been interpreted that the government usually shouldn't have prayers at public events. But people at private events can pray to their heart's content (or not), even if the private company rents a public venue like a school or, in this case, a stadium. Similar to the fact that ColoradoBiz Mag, being a private concern, can print whatever it wants, and doesn't have to print anything it doesn't. By John Heckers, MA, CPC, BCPC on 2012 01 11
There is no god. If there is a god why is there so much suffering? Religion has been corrupted by centuries of political arm-twisting. By Agnostic on 2012 01 11
What ever happened to the separation of church and sport? Is that not in the Constitution anymore? Faith does work though, and for the reason stated. By Dave on 2012 01 11
Yes, I think you make valid points. I have something to add about the God thing though. True God is not a Broncos fan, but he is a Tebow fan. Lots of football players etc are religious too. What stands out about Tebow is his faithfulness to God and his giving God all the glory. He follows God's laws, doesn't abuse his body with outside things or have wanton sex before marriage. Therefore, God is faithful to Tim Tebow. There are other examples of God's faithfulness to people in the Bible because of their faithfulness and trust in Him. Tebow is willing to show the world his faithfulness and I admire him greatly. By Ann on 2012 01 11
God does care about all of the things in our lives. One thing is certain, God is a word-keeper. God gives us his word, we claim it, and He keeps it! Just asking His help takes a tiny mustard seed of faith, so, ask Him....be sure and tell others that you have asked Him. That is the planting of the seed. What a wonderful world God made for us, and his natural laws are so true, that even unbelievers can participate in those laws. God does care. He has every hair on your head counted. He loves you. Ask Him to come into your life and make His presence known to you. That way, you can give Him the glory when His laws work in your life too. By JuneEstep on 2012 01 11
Amen! By Mike on 2012 01 11
Great explanation on the power of positive thinking. One question, though. What about all of those bumper stickers that tell me that God IS a Bronco fan and that's why sunsets are orange? By Snow white on 2012 01 11

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