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Tebow’s appearance at Las Vegas church draws 20,000

March 7, 2012 -

Mitt Romney won six states last night, while Rick Santorum picked up three and Newt Gingrich won in Georgia.  Apple is expected to reveal the iPad3 later today.  A press conference at noon will announce that Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in history, will leave the only NFL team he’s known.  But a quarterback who completed less than half his passes last season is still making headlines around the world.

When do 20,000 people show up for church in Las Vegas?  When Tim Tebow is speaking.  The Denver Broncos quarterback addressed the Canyon Ridge Christian Church last Sunday morning to overflow crowds.  One family arrived at 4 AM on Saturday to be the first in line.  People watched the live feed from countries as far away as Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, entertainment sites have been speculating all week that Tebow might be the next star on ABC’s “The Bachelor”.  While it was revealed yesterday that he will not be appearing on the show, Tebow’s celebrity continues to grow.

What makes the missionaries’ son so fascinating to so many people?

It’s more than his personal story.  By now everyone who wants to know about Tim Tebow’s faith and family is familiar with both.  It’s not just his athletic achievements.  While Tebow is obviously a very gifted athlete, other Heisman Trophy winners and NFL quarterbacks don’t garner anything like the attention he receives wherever he goes.  I think Tebow’s popularity says more about us than it does about him.

In a culture that leads the industrialized world in teenage pregnancy–one in three girls in America becomes pregnant before the age of 20, 81% out of wedlock–we are starved for examples of people who live with moral purity.  In a society where 60% of first marriages are preceded by living together, a person who maintains his integrity in the face of social pressure and temptation is fascinating.  In short, Tim Tebow seems to be the kind of person many of us wish we were.

What’s his secret?  Moses told the leaders of Israel, “Do not be afraid of any man, for judgment belongs to God” (Deuteronomy 1:17).  Tebow fears God and loves people–many of us choose the reverse.  He once told an interviewer, “When people meet me, I hope that they say this–this is a guy who, number one, loves the Lord, but he also loves people . . . at the end of the day it’s about glorifying God.”

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