Jimmy Fallon on Tim Tebow: Comedy or Blasphemy?

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon did a parody song by combining Tim Tebow to David Bowie and producing the singer Tebowie (Tim Tebow + David Bowie = Tebowie). Fallon sung as if a dialogue were taking place between Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ to the tune of Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” (lyrics below).

Did Jimmy Fallon go too far?

The Lyrics

Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ. (x2)
Commencing fourth down, hut, hut, hike.
Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ.
Snap the football and may God’s love be with me.

This is Jesus Christ to Tim Tebow,
Please leave me alone.
Don’t you know my day of rest is Sunday?
And I’m sick of watching all these Broncos’ games.

I hear that you play New England next week.
Dude, you’re on your own.
Brady is too good and I’ve got better things to do.

Though I’ve passed 316 yards there’s still two games to go,
If I want to make it to the Super Bowl.
And show everyone on earth how to Tebow.

Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ, the Broncos won, we’re still alive.
Come on, everyone, Tebow.(x4)

What do you think?

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1 Mike Bergman January 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Yeah, it would count as blasphemous–a lot of secular comedy is–but that’s part of it: it’s the comedy of the world…

Is there a third option here?

On the one hand, of course, it’s not “just right,” but on the other hand, as a Christian, should I be offended? No. It’s the lost sinners of the world doing what lost sinners do. It’s kinda like the Saturday Night Live skit back in December… it doesn’t need a response of a bunch of offended Christians demanding apologies, etc.

Rather, it should remind us these are people who need Jesus, and instead of being mad or offended (or, the other side: emrbacing it), it should drive us to pray that God would turn their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh that will respond to the light of the Gospel…

2 Andrew Lindsey January 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Well, it is certainly using the Lord’s name in vain, as Fallon was not *really* speaking either to or about Christ.

As for our response: I agree with Mike B.

3 ivan hinds January 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Mike B. hit the nail right on the head! As one who has relationship and mad love for the sacrifice of Jesus for man’s redemption, my heart is heavy for the lost souls of the world. Offended,,, na, I’ve come to expect this type of response from the secular world. As for the parody,,, it was well done, good “Fallon” type humor. Go Tebow!

4 Gin Fields January 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I too agree with Mike B. very well said!

5 Dan Smith January 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I think we’re all in agreement. It’s pretty clear that it was off on spiritual content, but we all know we can’t expect the world to accept and adhere to our standards (God’s standards).

6 Peter L January 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

To expect the world to honor Christ is to expect the impossible. And I, too, agree that the less Christians complain about such the better. Sometimes I think the world taunts us to react just so they have more to laugh about. I guess God will have the last “laugh” (Psalm 2:4).

7 Mark January 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Fallon’s skit was certainly clever, I’ll give him that. But Mike B. said it well. Even if skits like Fallon’s bother me as they ridicule Christ, what else should I expect? So, I don’t really get upset about such things anymore. Situations like this are just reminders of how much more the gospel is needed in the world.

8 Julie January 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hey there everyone…..This is America…there are a lot of religions here. Nothing was done maliciously…it’s meant as a good ribbing..where is your sense of humor ? God would probably get a little chuckle out of this…Go Patriots !!!!!!!

9 GeekyGirl January 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Fallon did not ridicule Christ, he ridiculed Tebow – who is using Christ for his own infamy and devices. Tebow is the one being sacrilegious. I guess if you are a Christian you do not need to be humble when you are a NFL quarterback.

10 Mark January 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

GeekyGirl,

Why do you “guess if you are a Christian you do not need to be humble when you are a NFL quarterback?” Did someone make that suggestion?

Fallon wrote the song as if speaking for Jesus. Did Fallon do so in faith so that Jesus would be glorified? Is he a Christian? If not, then what Fallon did may be considered sacrilegious. I’m sure Fallon was just doing comedy as usual and having some fun.

Could you prove to me with some evidence that shows Tebow’s heart, to the best we can discern, that he is simply about his own “infamy and devices” and not pointing people to Jesus?

11 Bruce April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

Ask yourself this: Should David Bowie be offended by being meshed into a character who is a Christian second string quarterback? It’s just parody, and well done parody at that.

To anyone else offended by this video, may you accept the wisdom of Sgt. Hulka and “Lighten up, Francis!”

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