Florida Church Wants You To Pray For Tim Tebow

Here’s how hard people in Florida took Saturday’s 31-30 loss by the Gators to Ole Miss: they are now praying for Tim Tebow’s soul. As if he would sell his soul to the Devil for a chance to never go through that again. That’s crazy, right Tim? Tim, why are your fingertips on fire? Tim? TIM!!!

Tim Tebow church sign

The MIAMI HERALD’S GATOR CLAUSE reports that the Campus Church of Christ in Gainesville has a sermon planned for this coming Sunday called “Why I Pray For Tim Tebow’s Soul.” And the answer is not “because he frequents a well-known house of ill repute featuring scantily clad women and overrated hot wings.”

The minister swears that he had planned the sermon long before last Saturday’s shocking result, but I’m skeptical - especially the ten-minute prologue about how “Thou Shalt Not Hurdle an Offensive Player” is actually the 11th Commandment.

In case you are curious, the Bible passage being referenced in the sermon is Matthew 6:13, otherwise known as the final lines of the Lord’s Prayer:

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Eric Brown, the 31-year-old minister at the church, says he chose Tebow as an example of a Christian in the public eye, who could crack under the pressure of constant temptation.

“I’m going to pray that [Tebow] is true to his faith because if he falls and gets caught up in some kind of scandal it will be bad for Christianity,” Brown said.

Personally, I don’t think that Brown has anything to worry about. If someone is going to turn down a trip to the Playboy Mansion because of his religious beliefs, I think he’s going to stay true to his convictions.  But I like the idea, especially if Brown decides to take it campus around the country, tailoring the sermons to their teams and their coaches.

Here’s a few ideas I had:

  • Charlie Weis (Notre Dame), Proverbs 16:18 - “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
  • Nick Saban (Alabama), Proverbs 19:22 - “What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.”
  • Joe Paterno (Penn St.), Leviticus 19:32 - “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.”

Do you guys have any suggestions for future sermons? If you do, let’s hear them in the comments.