December 12, 2011
One of Tim Tebow's pastors in Colorado knows why the Denver Broncos are winning games in miraculous fashion every Sunday. It's not because of Marion Barber gaffes or defensive interceptions or even because of the sheer, undeniable greatness that radiates from everything Tebow. No, the team's good fortune is all due to the man upstairs.
TMZ spoke with Pastor Wayne Hanson, who runs Summit Church in the Denver suburb of Castle Rock. He attributes the success of Tebow and the Broncos to God's favor. The website writes:
Hanson tells us, "It's not luck. Luck isn't winning 6 games in a row. It's favor. God's favor."
Pastor Hanson adds, "God has blessed his hard work."
We asked Hanson if Tebow would be winning games if he wasn't such a strong believer -- and the pastor replied, "No, of course not."
It's a statement that some will see as ripe for mockery. At least three times this month I've heard someone say, "If there is a God, I'm not sure He cares who finishes first in the AFC West." But Tebow and Hanson believe their prayers are heard by their Lord. It's why belief in a higher power is called faith. Who is anyone to say otherwise? Do I personally think God made Matt Prater's kick go through the uprights or caused Marion Barber to fall out of bounds instead of staying on the field? Not really. But what I believe, or what you believe, doesn't matter. Tebow believes and that's something to be lauded, not ridiculed.
In a poll accompanying the TMZ post, readers were asked to choose the world's most influential Christian. In early balloting, Pope Benedict XVI narrowly edged Tebow, 55 percent to 45 percent. OK, mock that one all you want. But with a win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots next week, I'm guessing Tebow wins that poll.
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