Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad Inspires

I have yet to see it because previews are not being shown, but the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad inspires. It inspires controversy, that is.

Tim TebowNot that controversy is a bad thing even when it is misplaced or wrong headed. Sometimes that special added attention can help people focus with laser-like precision on the topic at hand, allowing what is being said to penetrate their hearts.

The Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad is amazing for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it is being brought to the airwaves by Focus on the Family, a well known Christian family values organization. Focus, as many of us like to call it, is headed by James Dobson, a licensed psychologist. Dobson’s radio show and related media ministry works to build up families on biblical grounds though I won’t argue the fact that some psychology is brought in. Focus is a non-profit organization and they are strongly pro-life.

Secondly, the way that the ad came about is amazing. Focus would never had considered purchasing such an ad which costs $2 million to air the 30-second spot. But, anonymous donors have funded the entire cost of producing and running the commercial, which means no ministry funds were tapped.

Thirdly, Tim Tebow is a remarkable young man. You likely know him as the Heisman award-winning quarterback who recently finished up his college years with the Florida Gators and will be playing in the NFL next fall. But he is also a Christian, something he proudly and actively shares with all. Take a look at the black outs (smudges) under his eyes when he is playing and you will see a bible chapter and verse featured. Talk about being bold!

Fourthly, Tim’s mother, Pam, is quite a woman. When she was pregnant with him, her doctor advised to abort her child because of possible complications with the birth. She was told that she might die in delivery, but chose life instead. Of course, that decision has certain wrongly named pro-choice people rankled who fear that Tebow’s message might convince people not to abort. Oddly, if you call yourself pro-choice, then what is wrong with choosing life?

Partnership Praised

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, said the chance to partner with the Tebows and lift up a meaningful message about family and life comes at the right moment in the culture, because “families need to be inspired.”

“Tim and Pam share our respect for life and our passion for helping families thrive,” Daly said. “They live what we see every day – that the desire for family closeness is written on the hearts of every generation. Focus on the Family is about nurturing that desire and strengthening families by empowering them with the tools they need to live lives rooted in morals and values.”

If you are planning to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in South Florida this Sunday, keep your eyes peeled for the ad. It will be run once, I am not sure when, but let’s pray that it has the intended effect of touching lives for Jesus Christ.

Source: Focus on the Family

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  1. I have been hearing and reading a lot about this ad. Isn’t it great that it was funded by outside of the Dobson organization! That is amazing! I wish I could see it but I will have to wait until it is online!
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Searching for my memory =-.

  2. Matthew C. Keegan says:

    I wholeheartedly agree, Dominique. I am so thankful that CBS has decided to air the ad despite strong opposition. God has His hand on the Tebows. This ad will be used to help women and to God’s glory.

  3. This is so interesting and we will watch for it! I’m also going to share about this in my Friday, “Things I Learned This Week” post at zemeks.blogspot.com with a link back here. Also may write about it on my other blog as well at http://karen.pnn.com under my “News” tab. Thanks for sharing about this.
    .-= Karen & Gerard Zemek´s last blog ..Our Favorite Books We Read In January 2010 =-.

  4. Matthew C. Keegan says:

    Larry, the “other” side just doesn’t seem to be honest about what they believe. Mrs. Tebow made a choice and her choice was life, not abortion. When you argue otherwise, then your viewpoint is abortion only. I think I am looking forward more to the ad then the game.

  5. You know, I had not thought about it this way until I read your article. The people who are throwing such a fit about this ad call themselves pro-choice. I guess that applies only if the woman is willing to choose death. Go figure that one out.
    .-= LD Jackson´s last blog ..Dr. George Tiller, Scott Roeder, and domestic terrorism =-.

  6. Matthew C. Keegan says:

    Thank you, Karen! I hope that the ad has the intended effect of showing people a real life story of a woman who was faced with a crisis, but chose life. The pro-abortion people are gnashing their teeth, but the Super Bowl will be the perfect venue for airing a compelling ad.

  7. “if you call yourself pro-choice, then what is wrong with choosing life?” Exactly. Everyone is allowed to make any choice they want unless it happens to be Christian values.
    .-= sharkbytes´s last blog ..What I Learned from My Trip to Haiti – 1985 =-.

  8. Matthew C. Keegan says:

    You can choose to accept or reject those Christian values, Sharkbytes. No one forces you to be a certain way.

    But there are consequences to our actions. A loving God has demonstrated that we should choose life as outlined in Deuteronomy 30:19: This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

    Choosing a life of sin offers a fleeting pleasure that is soon swallowed up by death and everlasting separation from God. Following God means that we have life and that more abundantly; both here and now.

  9. That’s great to hear about this ad, and Tim Tebow is very inspiring indeed.
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..December Sun #4 – Back Cover =-.

  10. Larry – I agree! I think Matt nailed the proverbial nail on the head with that one!

    Matt – do you know how many times I don’t pass the math test and have to start over on my comments! :-) lol
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..It’s for them… =-.

  11. I hope, for our Lord and Savior’s sake, that you are right. However, I fear that this ad may in fact do more damage to the Kingdom than good. Mrs. Tebow made a difficult and noble choice. She should be lauded for that, and to the extent that the ad encourages other young women in her situation to make a similar difficult and noble choice, there is much to be gained. If, on the other hand, the advertisement encourages our leaders to not to allow other women to make this difficult choice, then it may be seen by many as the efforts of the self-righteous meddling in the lives of others. If this is the case, I worry that it may drive others further from looking towards God’s saving grace in times of trouble.

    Likewise, it is wonderful that an anonymous person has stepped up to pay for the advertisement, and if the advertisement stays within the realm of encouraging people to make choices in their lives that will draw them closer to Christ, it is a wonderful thing. However, to the extent that it is advocating a political opinion, such illegalizing abortions, then it seems as if the person is at best skirting the laws that require public disclosure about advocating for political positions. It does little good for us as Christians if Christian leaders are perceived as trying to get around are laws to advocate for specific positions.

    So, I pray that you are right, and I hope that we all pray that this message might glorify Christ and not drive people away from Him.
    .-= Aldon @ Orient Lodge´s last blog ..Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, Groundhog… Music Monday =-.

  12. Matthew C. Keegan says:

    Agreed on all counts, Orient. I expect to hear a positive message from the Tebows, one that will invite people to consider life. It is only thirty seconds long, but it may be long enough to help people contemplate what or who is growing in their bodies.

    God will get the glory, which is what matters the most. Let’s pray and leave the results in His capable hands.

  13. Obama’s desire to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” can actually help to fulfill the “days of Lot” (Luke 17, cf. Gen. 19), the fulfillment of which will hurry up the return of the Heavenly Commander-in-Chief who will make all things straight (pun intended)! Interesting Google articles include “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Separation of Raunch and State” and “David Letterman’s Hate Etc.”
    For some dessert visit Yahoo and type in “Obama Avoids Bible Verses.”
    PS – You’re invited to use these new pro-life slogans: “Unborn babies should have the right to keep and bear arms – and legs and ears and eyes etc.!” and “Unborn babies should have the same right to be born alive that abortionists had!”

  14. Matthew C. Keegan says:

    Good slogans, Marcie. Unfortunately, most people do not want to hear it. Their hearts are much to hard to receive the truth.

    Back in the 1980s, when I worked for a pregnancy counseling center, the pro-abortionists denied that it was even a baby growing in the mother’s womb using terms such as “clumb of cells” or “mass of tissues” as if to describe foreign matter. How tragically sad.

  15. Marcie – I especially like the second one: “Unborn babies should have the same right to be born alive that abortionists had!”

    That says it all for me!

  16. WOW! Tim’s story is amazing. I don’t have TV, can’t watch the Super Bowl, but I’m rooting for Tim! Thanks for posting this.
    .-= Rebecca @ FreakyFrugalite´s last blog ..Just Chillin’ =-.

  17. It is an awesome story with an incredible outcome. Pam deserves all of the praise she gets.

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