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The Faith of Tim Howard

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Even though the United States lost to Belgium in the World Cup, Tim Howard's amazing game where he blocked 16 shots at the goal have made him a social media sensation, and earned him his own hashtag: #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave.

Twenty-one million United States viewers watched the game, and from their Howard gained the nickames of "Minister of Defense" and even President Obama has joined in the jokes calling him the next "Secretary of Defense."

President Obama said, "I know there’s actually a petition on the White House website to make Tim Howard the next Secretary of Defense. Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I promise to think about it."[CNN]

Howard, who was diagnosed wiht Tourette's syndrome at age 10 credits his grandmother and his faith, saying "Through her, God revealed His love for me as well. It wasn't long before I was following in her footstep. I wanted the same kind of faith and peace she had, and that is exactly what God gave me." [CBN]

The Huffington Post notes, "When he isn't playing for Team USA, Howard is the goalkeeper for the English club Everton. Off the field, Howard has been involved with team Bible studies and regularly volunteers with Christian organizations like the L8r Club, a youth group at Bramhall Baptist Church in the United Kingdom. On Tuesdays he plays soccer with the children before and after Bible lessons, offering his talents in a whole new venue."

In a 2006 L8r Club session, Howard said, ""The most important thing in my life is Christ. He's more important to me than winning or losing or whether I'm playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus." [CRU]

Thus far, the media coverage of Howard has been positive, but Lisa de Pasquale asks at "How Long Until Tim Howard Gets Tim Tebow'd?"

de Pasquale writes, "I hope the media doesn't change its coverage and opinion of this amazing athlete once his commitment to his faith is more well-known. To be honest, I was never a fan of Tim Tebow (I'm from Tallahassee, home of the Seminoles), but even I could not get down with the vitriol aimed at him. Being a Gator-hater was nothing compared to a media Christian-hater. I'd really hate to see Tim Howard's story be diminished because he doesn't fit the media's narrative."