Tebow stole it from DeMolay
Tim Tebow has made a name for himself since going to college at the University of Florida. Recently, the hype surrounding Tebow has grown exponentially. In part, it is because of his play on the field, but it is also because of some of the antics he pulls.
Tebowing has taken off to be the new fad that people are taking pictures of themselves doing. Just like planking, the practice of laying down in an akward place face down as though to mimick a wooden plank, tebowing is the new game on the internet. Kids have been caught tebowing everywhere from golf courses to school hallways. Some students even got suspended for tebowing in a hall at their school, which school officials claim was a fire code violation. Even other NFL players have mimicked the move (although the motives are probably far different than that of a kid).
Recently, #Tebowing has begun trending on Twitter. (Tebowing refers to kneeling on your left knee in prayer, which Tim Tebow has been photographed doing at all points of games). But, at least to me, the Tebow kneel seems eerily similar to another kneel: the DeMolay kneel.
For those that don’t know, DeMolay is a youth organization for young men between the ages of 12-21. During meetings, the chapter prays twice. During these prayers, all active DeMolays (that is to say, young men in the organization) kneel. This kneel dates back to 1919 when the organization was formed, a good 68 years before Tebow was even born.
I don’t know if Tim Tebow ever saw a DeMolay kneel or if he just picked it up in his time growing up as a devout Evangelical Christian. But I know that these two kneels are alike, and it is hard not to draw a comparison.
Wow, this post has really taken off, but I have been noticing a few common themes in comments, so I felt that I should address them.
- I do not really believe that Tim Tebow “stole” his kneel from anyone. I recognize that Tebow has kneeled on both knees in the past and that kneeling is something that has been around since the time of Jesus and even before. The title was mainly to bring in more readers, and it appears to have worked.
- I am so glad that so many Senior and Active DeMolays have seen this post. It was originally intended for my own purposes. I love social media and the potential it offers, and I felt that keep a blog was necessary for my future career. This post was just some of my thoughts, and for a few days became an internet phenom.
- To anyone who is curious, I have my credentials listed in the resume section of this site. Listed is a brief experience of my work with Michigan DeMolay, however, that does not even come close to explaining the extent to which I have worked. If you have any doubts as to my knowledge on the subject of DeMolay, feel free to shoot me an email, I would be more than happy to answer any questions.
- This post has the potential to bring about a lot of good will upon the order of DeMolay. But posting things such as this cannot be the only form of promotion.