While he continues impacting (albeit at times unconventionally) the Broncos and the entire NFL this season, Tim Tebow has also found a way (perhaps unbeknownst to him, although I doubt it) to impact people in Denver and throughout the country in ways that no other player could. One family in particular that Tebow has impacted is a third-generation Colorado family, the Suleimans. Tebow, the devout Christian known for his public expressions of faith, has become a hero to this Muslim-American family.
are responsible for “the Sign,” the towering electronic billboard that captured national attention when it began running messages in September urging the Denver Broncos to start Tim Tebow as quarterback.
The Washington Times has a wonderfully uplifting story (“Three Denver Muslims Lead Cheers for Tebow”) of how Tim Tebow, the football player, found a way into the hearts and lives of these brothers and their entire family. But, it’s not just Tebow’s role as quarterback that has impacted their lives. It’s also his faith:
It’s been suggested that he needs to tone down his expressions of religious faith, but the Suleimans disagree.
They also appreciate Tebow’s squeaky-clean image. “It takes a lot of courage for Tebow to go out there and say he’s a devout Christian,” said Mohammad. “Tebow’s the kind of guy you want representing your city and team.”
The impact that Tim Tebow’s football and faith has had on the Suleiman’s cannot be overstated. If Tim Tebow can impact people named Boomer or three Muslim-American brothers named Tariq, Ali and Mohammad, then we should be able to impact our neighbors — regardless of their faith (or no faith at all) — with the Good News this Christmas season and in 2012! After all, the message of Christmas is God’s “glad tidings of great joy which shall be for all people.” There are no loopholes in “all” and everyone is our neighbor. I’m pretty sure that Jesus had something to say about that!