Via Meadia doesn’t usually have much to say about sports, and about the prospects of the various teams in the NFL we do not, in fact, take any view. But a recent poll showing that 43 percent of Americans (and 52 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29) believe that God is helping Mr. Tebow win cries out for comment.Theologically, this is a tricky question. On the one hand, a serious monotheist has to accept that everything that happens is God’s will at some level. From that perspective it is hard to argue that Mr. Tebow is winning games against God’s will.More profoundly, it’s not at all clear, either from scripture or theology that God rewards those he loves with successful careers and public victories on earth. That certainly isn’t how things worked out for Jesus, and a great many of God’s favorites seem to have gone through some rough times. The Bible tells us repeatedly that God has a special love for the poor and many of us know from personal experience that it is through our defeats and our failures that we have come closest to God.A truly advanced Christian would be as thankful for the interceptions and failed plays as well as he was for the touchdowns. All presumably are manifestations of the divine will, and the faithful should strive to be grateful in and out of season.But Mr. Tebow is a young athlete not an old monk, and Via Meadia is inclined to be indulgent. A man who bears witness that true manhood consists in acknowledging your dependence on a higher power and that even rich and famous athletes need to regulate their conduct by something other than their own wishes and whims is someone to respect.And for those who twist themselves into knots of chagrin over Mr. Tebow’s habit of public prayer, we advise some deep breathing and calm reflection. Mr. Tebow is not forcing anyone to join him in these moments of devotion; supporters of his opponents remain free to invoke divine assistance for their own cause. And as a role model for youth, an athlete who neither beats women nor takes drugs seems, well, not too bad.About Mr. Tebow’s skills as a quarterback or his chances for a championship ring, Via Meadia has nothing to say.