Why Is Tebow Hated So Much?

Tim Tebow has been the talk of the nation since he was announced as the new starting quarterback for the Denver, Broncos. As usual, Tebow has gotten a lot of love from his fans and a lot of grief from his detractors. Jelisa Castrodale has a story at NBC Sports today that reminds me of why it might be a good idea to pray for the guy.

There are a lot of people out there pulling against Tebow, and I am not talking about football or the big game on Sunday. What I am talking about are the cynics out there who want Tebow not only to fail at football but also to fail at being a Christian. They are literally licking their chops to see him fall morally. It is an ugly, cruel ambition to root for a man’s ruin, but there are people who are doing just that. Castrodale writes:

The personal attacks and angry facial expressions that follow Tebow seem to have less to do with Denver’s 1-4 record than they do with Romans 1:16, which reads “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” … I do sympathize with Tebow for the slings and arrows he endures, including the endless examination of his beliefs…

There are those who sit with their hands hovering expectantly over their keyboards, just waiting for what they’ll see as his inevitable misstep… They want him to be exposed as a phony, a fraud or — to borrow a word from the New Testament — a hypocrite.

That Tebow or any other Christian would face this kind of opposition should not be a surprise. Jesus warned that this would happen. If Jesus went through it, so must his disciples (John 15:18-25). Following Jesus down that road is just a part of what it means to be a Christian (Matthew 16:24).

Tebow’s fight of faith is played out on a stage that is much more public than the rest of us, and I’m sure it comes with a king-sized share of temptations. But Tebow is not the only Christian who has enemies pulling for his downfall. I am sure that there are many reading this blog who have experienced this kind of hatred as well. How do you pray when surrounded by enemies cheering for your demise? How do you pray for a brother or a sister walking that difficult road?

The prayer that comes to my mind is Psalm 57. I will pray this one for Tebow this weekend, I will pray it for others, and I will pray it for myself. Maybe you will too.

[For an outstanding musical rendition of this prayer, I recommend this one: “Do Not Destroy”.]

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in Thee;
And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge,
Until destruction passes by.
2 I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah.
God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.
4 My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Thy glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!
8 Awake, my glory;
Awake, harp and lyre,
I will awaken the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to Thee among the nations.
10 For Thy lovingkindness is great to the heavens,
And Thy truth to the clouds.
11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Thy glory be above all the earth.

43 Responses to Why Is Tebow Hated So Much?

  1. Ryan K. October 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I live in Denver and occasionally I turn on the local sports talk radio. The hosts constantly mock and poke fun at Tebow. It goes beyond just being playful and you can tell that it borders on them wanting to see him slip up.

    In a culture such as ours, which is often a race to the moral bottom, and filled with cynicism, Tebow has to be destroyed as he reminds many of us, that we were made for better. And maybe, just maybe, there is something wrong with us and really nothing that abnormal with Tebow.

  2. yankeegospelgirl October 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    It is heart-breaking and infuriating to see people trying to tear a good man down. They’re like vultures hovering around, waiting for a carcass they can swoop down on. It’s sickening.

  3. Christiane October 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    A lot of professional sports players are Christians, and no one talks about them being hated. Many have behaved honorably over the years, are family people, and have supported charities with a share of their earnings and with the publicity that they could bring to the charities.

    Many of these Christian sports professionals have worked to help disabled and sick children, for which I am personally greatful, as the mother of a child with serious health problems.

    Why on Earth would anyone ‘hate’ Tim Tebow ?
    I don’t know what is going on.

    If he is a Christian person, why now is he targeted when all the other good Christians in the sports professions have been honored?

    ?
    Why ?
    It doesn’t make sense AT ALL.

    • Alex Humphrey October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Because he’s popular and out there.

      I live in Dallas and the only Cowboy I know the name of is Tony Romo. Why? Because they talk about him. All. The. Time.

      The quarterback is a big deal and a massive celebrity, most other players aren’t. Also, Football is by far the most prominent sport in the U.S. Even Basketball doesn’t come close.

      So he is in the most famous position in the most popular sport.

      That’s what sets him aside from other athletes. That’s what makes him special.

  4. Ryan G. October 21, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    What’s up, Denny! (I was just thinking today about you while studying Gal. 3.19-25. Paul’s “By no means!” in 3.21 reminded me of you laughing at Dr. Stein so heartily when I was a student and you were his grader at SBTS in the fall of ’02 in Hermeneutics class – specifically when he would quote the Living Bible version of me genoito in Rom. 6.2a! Ah, good times!)

    I appreciate this blog. I’m a native of Denver, a church planting pastor here, a life-long Bronco fan, and a fan of “Timmy T” ever since the fall of ’07 when I heard him give his Heisman Trophy speech.

    I, too, listen to sports talk radio here in Denver (and nationally – esp. Collin Cowherd), and, after living here for the better part of almost 4 decades and following Denver sports since I was a young boy, I’ve NEVER seen such a polarizing athlete as #15 in Denver (or anywhere else for that matter). It’s unbelievable to live here through this and observe it up close. Individuals either love or hate him. There’s rarely an in between with Tim.

    I think local talk show hosts DMac and Alfred Williams (104.3 The Fan) put it best last week: he’s the most polarizing athlete our nation’s seen since Muhammad Ali (a Louisville, KY native). I think that’s spot on.

    Your comments about praying for him are echoed by me here in Denver. I’m going to be praying for Tim’s success on the field NOT because I’m a life-long Bronco fan. That’d be syncretistic idolatry. I’m praying for Tim because he’s my brother-in-Christ, and – because his visibility is so great – his success means a greater platform for the gospel to be heard by millions every time a microphone’s shoved in his face after a game – win or lose. I loved that about him at Florida, and I’ll love that about him even if he wears another NFL uniform some day.

    I plan on asking other pastors here in Denver to pray for him tomorrow at noon for 5 minutes. All who care to join me at 12:00 p.m. MST are welcome to join.

  5. jigawatt October 21, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    I’d guess that what the detractors are really hoping for is a big confirmation of their rejection of Christ. Tebow fails => Christians are frauds => Christianity is wrong => my worldview/religion is right (which probably means no judgment for sin).

    We must guard our hearts and minds that we don’t think the same way.

  6. RD October 21, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I think Tim is a victim of the culture. American pop culture has always taken celebraties and elevated them to amazing levels of adoration and then turned on them. I think Tim is a victim of this cultural norm (sad as it is). The height of his popularity came in college, and even though there were detractors then, the vast majority of media outlets seemed to hold him in high regard. The roller-coaster reached the top of the big hill for Tim and now it’s going over the other side. You’re so right, Denny, that we need to pray for Tim and his family.

  7. Reg Schofield October 21, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    From all I have read concerning Tebow he is not a “Bible thumper” but humbly wears his faith on his sleeve and willingly shares and talks of Christ with grace and love. I’m sure he has his struggles and weaknesses as we all do , but with him being in the limelight and with expectations having been so high , he is a easy target. It seems society in general loves to and wants to tear down anyone who is on top. For those who hate the truth of the gospel , Tebow seems to have become a whipping boy and like vultures , are lusting for his fall. No matter if he is able to make the transition to a NFL player , Tebow has been a wonderful example to young men so far. May we pray the Lord will guard him and give him grace to endure the scrutiny he is under .

    • Ryan K. October 21, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      Your right Reg in that Tebow is not overtly aggressive in trumpeting his faith. But many seem to even dislike his attitude and personality. They find it to be an antiquated Leave It To Beaver from a bygone era. Almost, as if they can’t believe a human like him still exists.

      As a life long Bronco fan and native of Colorado, I am actually not a fan of him as a QB, but find myself praying for him under the immense patronizing that he receives from the media and his critics.

  8. Pilgrim October 21, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Jigawatt nailed it on the head. Haters are rejecting the authority of Tebow’s God. They know in their hearts they are guilty before God and want to see that authority somehow de-legitimized.

  9. Chris Taylor October 21, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    The problem with Tebow is that he brings it on himself. Some people try to get those in the spot light to be mindful of the fact that others are watching and that it is important for them to walk worthy.

    Tebow on the other hand came out swinging, telling people that he had a platform (i.e., the stage), and that he was going to use it accordingly.

    I don’t want Tim to fail, but unless he has surrounded himself with godly men who constantly whisper in his ear that he is a mere babe in the faith and encourage him like crazy (like every hour of the day) to be faithful, I just don’t see how he can survive.

    We know that God provides thorns in our flesh to keep us humble. He disciplines those who he loves. Who knows, maybe the negative media is a grace of God to keep him in check. If you are going to pray for Tim, ask the Lord to grant him humility, love, wisdom and steadfastness, even if it costs him his career in the NFL.

    • just some guy October 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      “The problem with Tebow is that he brings it on himself… [by] com[ing] out swinging, telling people that he had a platform… and that he was going to use it accordingly.”

      His problem is that he is attempting to use his worldly fame to extend the fame of Christ? So it would be better if Tebow hid his faith or made it a private, personal thing?

      Tebow doesn’t have a “problem”; the world has a problem with Tebow.

      • Chris Taylor October 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

        Hey Guy,

        So this might fail, because I’m not a St. Louis fan, and don’t really know what’s going on with Pujols. That said, it’s my understanding that he has a strong ‘faith’. To be honest, I don’t even know what religion. But the point is, the world is not against Pujols because of the way he uses his ‘platform.’

        I could be totally wrong here, but I wonder if there is a relationship between famous athletes and the infamous Jew named Saul. Saul thought he would be the perfect mouth piece to speak to the Jews because of his reputation [read ‘platform’]. But the Lord sent him as a nobody and inflicted him with some terrible thorn in the flesh to nations that knew him not.

        I guess I’m just not crazy about thinking of famous people as the answer to evangelism.

        Be Well,

        Chris

        • just some guy October 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

          My intention was not to say that celebrities who are evangelical Christians are the answer to evangelism, but given the common perceptions of evangelicals, a solid Christian in the public spotlight could open up a lot more conversations for others of us.

          To play off of your S/Paul example… wasn’t the world against Paul (i.e. beatings, death-threats, attempted murder, etc.). My point is more that we shouldn’t see the world reacting against Tebow so violently at times as a bad thing necessarily. The world didn’t react very well to Jesus, Peter, Paul, John, James, et al, either.

          • Chris Taylor October 24, 2011 at 9:09 am #

            I guess I’ve been burned too many times by the rich and famous to put too much stock in them. Bob Dylan was once in the spotlight for the sake of Christ. He was once ridiculed by the world because of his faith. But Bob Dylan didn’t last very long.

            As for Tebow, my pastor opened his sermon yesterday with a Tebow illustration! Turns out that he has actually worked with the man and has a lot of respect for him. It sounds like he may actually have the support structures in place to help sustain him. I certainly hope so.

            As for your observation about the world’s reaction to faithful Christians, I do agree. The more Christ-like we are, the more the world will react. I didn’t know this until reading an article on Tebow yesterday, but it sounds like one of the things that Tebow is known for is the fact that he is keeping himself pure, for the sake of his Christ and his wife. So, yes, the world will seek to destroy that which makes them look impure. Tebow can expect more hate.

  10. Dillon October 21, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    It’s never about how we fall but Who is there to catch us when we do.

  11. Rick October 21, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I’m sure some may “hate” him, but from what I see and hear, most respect him. They may poke fun now and then, and may question his ability to lead an NFL style offense, and may get annoyed by the “team Tebow” fans, but they do not doubt his character, his toughness, his leadership skills, and his great legacy at Florida.

    We need to be careful to not overplay the victim card.

  12. Andy October 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I think this topic shows how important it is for us to support those whose faith is played out in so public an arena. When they do fall, as Tim Tebow might (or likely will at some point – he is human afterall) we as his spiritual family need to rally around him and the other public faces that carry the cross and stumble. That doesn’t mean that we brush sin under the rug, but it also means that we should not be quick to condemn and distance ourselves by saying, “Oh, I thought he was a Christian. How can he be a Christian and be guilty of that?” .When they do fall, we must remember that while our desire and efforts to avoid sin may mark us as believers, how we deal with it when we are guilty of it speaks volumes as well. Grace is the operative word. Our witness will be better carried when people see that we love one another and help pick each other up when we do stumble.

    • yankeegospelgirl October 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      Sheeesh though, I mean let’s not borrow trouble. Why are we already hunkering down and preparing for the worst?

  13. Andy October 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Not meaning to “hunker down and prepare for the worst”. General experience tends to be though, that when a public figure doesn’t live up to the expectations, we jettison them rather than extend grace.

    • yankeegospelgirl October 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      I think there’s not much to be said either way when there’s that much distance between you and the person who’s failed. Just, “Well, so-and-so cheated or so-and-so’s doing drugs, and that’s sad, and I wish he’d maintained a better example. Let’s keep him in our prayers and move on…” But, happily, there’s nothing of the sort going on with Tebow that we know of.

  14. Ray October 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    While not a stellar performance, Tebow orchestrated a 4th quarter comeback for the Broncos today which tied the game that Denver eventually won in overtime. For about 55 minutes, Tebow and the Broncos were awful against the winless Dolphins. I have no stake in either team but I’m glad the Broncos won today and that Tebow didn’t quit.

  15. Paula October 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    For a lot of these haters, it’s his pro-life position and other conservative views that make him the enemy. Even though he hasn’t been particularly political, just being publicly pro-life and pro-marriage in this day and age will get you a following of foul-mouthed haters.

    And it’s not like Tebo has been marching on DC and angrily denouncing abortionists on TV. It’s just that when the media knows a player (or any famous person) is a conservative, they treat them differently. Every interview has to contain questions about gay marriage or whether he would agree to an abortion if his mother were raped. And so a narrative is created that feeds the trolls and haters. (You don’t hear Brett Favre relentlessly asked those question.)

    Orioles outfielder Luke Scott is another one who has really taken the heat . His supporters (and teammates) adore him, but he’s made some very public comments critical of Obama (including a cringe-worthy birther comment) which turned the haters loose. He’s also an avid gun collector and hunter, which makes him even more evil to the Left. We spent some time with Luke when he was in the minor league and he’s a devoted Christian – the real deal. He wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t pull any punches when he’s asked his opinion – about anything. (He also writes handwritten thank you notes! I’ll take that over a Tweet any day!)

    I think we don’t really see the same level of vitriol toward certain other Christian athletes because they’ve managed to stay under the radar on political issues. Who hates Lance Berkman or is gunning for Mariano Rivera? (OK, bad example, Yankees can’t be Christians, can they?) Once a player opens his mouth about a political issue and expresses a conservative POV, he’s activated the Launch Sequence and the smears begin.

    • Taylor October 24, 2011 at 3:02 am #

      side note, but i love the ‘what if your mother was raped” question (other than the fact that it speaks to horri\ble truths about sin). What better way to point out our stance and their hypocrisy than to effectively answer that question?

      A: ‘Don’t you think its a bit hypocritical for you to suggest that life is the rule and abortions are exceptions to this rule? The only problem I have with abortion is that it takes a human life. Why would I have less problem if the life taken comes from an evil father? Would you suggest we start checking Angel Tree lists in order to bump off anyone whose father is a particularly vicious criminal?’

      • Paula October 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

        You’re exactly right, Taylor. Either it’s a life or it isn’t. As far as presidential candidates go, Rick Santorum is the only one who has effectively made this case and answered this question unapologetically. Perhaps it’s because he is the father of a special needs child or because of his Catholic faith, which has a very hard-line teaching on life beginning at conception and the absolute need to protect it. Period.

        I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember the 1988 presidential campaign (George H.W. Bush vs. Michael Dukakis). In a debate, Dukakis was asked about hsi anti-death penalty views and given the scenario of his wife being raped and murdered (yes, they actually did this to Democrats back then!). Dukakis stood by his opposition to the death penalty, but his answer was so dispassionate and void of any emotion or sense of the gravity of such scenarios that it was thought to be a turning point in the election. “Meh” is not an appropriate answer to issues that millions of Americans feel so passionately about.

  16. Nathan October 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    I think there are at least two stances a Christian could take when engaging the culture:

    1. Have a Christian ethic and fight to live by that ethic to be an example godly character
    2. Have a Christian ethic and fight to make others live by that ethic (presumably to create a more godly world)

    If you’re in camp #1, you’ll be hated less because the way you live your life is your prerogative.
    If you’re in camp #2, you’ll face a lot of disdain because the way I live my life is MY prerogative, not yours.

    Tebow leans toward being in #2 (pro-life superbowl ad). Plus, he’s assumed to be in #2 because there are plenty in that camp that claim him as their poster boy.

    I hope he does fine with his Christian walk, but I hope he has a lackluster football career. “The crazies” don’t need a successful poster boy – especially not a sports hero of any sort.

    • yankeegospelgirl October 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

      The superbowl ad was nothing. You could blink and miss the fact that it was supposed to be a pro-life message. I wish it had been MORE obviously pro-life.

      Oh, and please clarify just WHY you want Tebow to fail in his professional endeavors? And how this demonstrates Christian brotherhood and charity?

    • Taylor October 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      More to the point, how would one be living by his ethic if he knew abortion was taking a life, not living your own and failed to use the avenues God provided to speak up for the oppressed?

      It’s being no more Christian than the government to intervene if possible to save a life, or to work to prevent the deprivation of life.

      • Jason October 25, 2011 at 5:11 am #

        One does not live by an ethic only if they do everything perfectly by that ethic. And how do you know for whom he does or doesn’t speak up? Do you do every single thing you should at all times? It’s a strange standard you have set.

        And, per YGG, again, why do you want him to have a “lackluster football career”?

    • Jason October 25, 2011 at 5:03 am #

      can’t…not…comment…

      Firstly, that’s an absurd false dichotomy. We have laws, right? Presumably, given your stance, you would rather have no Christian influence at all in our laws, because then we wouldn’t be making people do stuff or not do stuff. What EXACTLY is wrong with using Christian ethics – as opposed to secular ethics, objectivist ethics, naturally selective ethics – in enacting and enforcing laws? Presumably, you would prefer a less godly world? What EXACTLY is your point?

      Secondly, you are simply and almost comprehensively wrong in your assessment of Tebow. I bet you can’t come up with one example other than the commercial or activities just like them, which, interestingly, have no effect other than EXACTLY what you are doing here trying to convince others of the right-ness of your view. If Tebow “leans” that way (about which you are plainfacedly wrong, how is a commercial making anyone do anything (but, again, what EXACTLY do any and all laws do other than making people do something, and whose ethic is the driving force behind those laws?)) so do you in doing what you do here.

      Thirdly, what EXACTLY is wrong with facing disdain over a matter? If someone, like you, calls him a “crazy”, who cares? If the matter were so important to you, you wouldn’t be in the front row calling him names.

  17. Nathan October 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Should all Christian football players be in pro life superbowl ads? If they are not, are they a bad Christian or not a Christian at all?

    Having a lackluster career is different from failing, IMO. But, I probably wish Tebow as much success as you do a gay soldier, gospel girl…

    • yankeegospelgirl October 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      Why are you so up in arms over the ad? It wasn’t that strident anyway. But even if it had been, Christians should be HAPPY. I’ll never understand why liberals within the Church continue to treat abortion as though it were an “issue,” like economics is an “issue.” We are talking about murdering human beings here.

      Also, I don’t understand why you are dragging in the gay soldier example out of nowhere to try to play “gotcha” with me somehow. There’s no logical reason to do so. Tim Tebow and a gay soldier have nothing in common.

      • yankeegospelgirl October 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

        And I hope Denny lets this comment through, because I like to be given a chance to defend myself when people like you try to make silly “accusations.”

        • yankeegospelgirl October 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

          (To clarify, I have a reply in moderation.)

    • Taylor October 25, 2011 at 3:27 am #

      You make a good point Nathan. So, to reply, I would argue that all Christian football playesr given the opportunity to support life ought to. However, not doing so doesn’t make them a bad Christian or unChristian. Only Jesus’ redemption matters in that department. It might make him sinful in that area though (James 4:17).

      • yankeegospelgirl October 25, 2011 at 9:15 am #

        I don’t think he’s making a good point. He’s just trying to lure you into agreeing with him. So to answer his question, no, you’re not a “bad Christian” for not going out of your way to be outspoken in upholding Christian values. But that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t admire someone who does.

  18. Nathan October 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Let’s assume there is a football player whose name is Tom U-bow. He appears in a super bowl ad with his mother where Mrs. U-bow accounts that she went against her inclination to reject her son because he’s gay. It took her awhile to realize that Tom was created to be gay and be a great football player. She further explains that she’s glad she embraced Tom as-is because rejecting him could have ruined or ended his life.

    Maybe the way you see the U-bows is the way the world sees the Tebows. You probably consider the U-bows to be pushing an agenda and you probably don’t like it. Do you want Tom U-bow to be a superstar so that he can continue his platform? Would you feel differently about him if he didn’t flaunt his sexuality like this?

    I’m not up and arms about the Tebow super bowl commercial. It was an OK ad. I’m prolife. True, I didn’t like the commercial 100% — it was produced by Focus on the Family and it was awkward or vague.

    Getting back to Tim Tebow – I think he is getting a bad rap because of his supporters more than for what he’s gone out there to support. When a certain group of one side of a polarizing issue chooses a representative, that representative is going to have a hard time. So, that was my assessment of Tebow – someone that appears in the eyes of the world to be pushing an agenda. I didn’t say that he was actually pushing an agenda. Nor did I call HIM a crazy, just some of his supporters, who seemingly can’t see anything but red when someone says something less than glowing about him. Frankly, I don’t know Tebow enough to glow about him nor to flame him.

    The reason I don’t want him to be on top is because I find the idolatry of sports figures among Christians tiresome.

    • Jason October 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

      I appreciate the thoughtful response, Nathan. However, assuming the two are parallel (which I don’t think they are in your eyes) it seems that the very analogy you give falls under your #2 rubric. Is it okay when they are promoting something important you, but not when it is promoting something that annoys you or is of lesser importance in your eyes? Your initial post was gently critical of #2, but now, I assume, it would be OK, as it is an issue that is important to you? This is a puzzling inconsistency. Would those in your example be working “to create a more godly world”? Is it OK this time? Why?

      Apart from this, I cannot see how the two situations are parallel. You made assertions about what Tebow was doing, which “leaned” toward “mak[ing] others live by that ethic”. Now, in your example, you have two people who are just saying that this is entirely OK, not necessarily looking to make anyone do anything.

      Your analogy is fraught with the most unfortunate language. People I know have experienced such utter rejection. I recall this paragraph from the fantastic short piece by Carl Trueman

      http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2010/08/gay-marriage.php

      “Christians may well throw up hands in horror at this, though I would say that this generational change is not an entirely bad thing. For people like myself, now in middle age, dislike of homosexuality came with the territory; our reasons for opposing it were more to do with our own cultural backgrounds than with any biblical argumentation. Our opinions on the issue may have happened to coincide at points with biblical teaching, but that was more by accident than design. We were basically bigots and we needed to change.”

      The position in which the practicing homosexual can be said to be Christian cannot be lined up with the Biblical position or teaching. That DOES NOT in any way mean that the practicing homosexual should be rejected in the way you caricature in your analogy, any more than the unbelieving child or friend should be treated poorly or utterly rejected. How could a person be salt in their life if that person is not present in their life?

      Now, to at least try to be fair to you, your assumptions about what I may or may not like and for what reasons are probably based largely on the same confusion in much of the politically engaged American church. But, again, where to laws come from? They ALWAYS come from some moral and ethical presuppositions. Why not utilize Christian ethics in legislation? I have never heard a good reason to not do so. Certainly, persons will not like it. That is not a reason to not do it.

      Lastly, please stand up for what you said or just don’t say it. For instance, you first wrote, “‘The crazies’ don’t need a successful poster boy – especially not a sports hero of any sort,” and then said, “Nor did I call HIM a crazy, just some of his supporters.” Please. The poster boy for “the crazies” is not, himself, a “crazy”? You said it. As well, this – “I didn’t say that he was actually pushing an agenda,” cannot be matched up with this, “Tebow leans toward being in #2.” If you overspoke, just clarify (which you, at least in part, did) and retract that about which you overspoke. There is no shame in honest retraction; there is shame in disingenuous revisionism.

  19. Nathan October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    The two cases are parallel in that both sides tell a life experience about a controversial subject and infer that you should at least think about your actions if and when you find yourself in a similar situation. I brought up the rejection of homosexuality as a subject which most of the readership here would consider to be opposite to prolife. I did not intend to insinuate any rightness or wrongness around accepting or rejecting homosexuality. I’m just trying to illustrate a fact of life as I see it: the Tebows and U-bows of this world will be hated because of the way they’ve chosen to present their views on such controversial topics. They’ve chosen to tell everyone (however indirectly) what to do instead of just showing them by example.

    Poster boys don’t have to be a crazy to be endorsed by one. In a political world, in which Tebow has placed himself, people distance themselves from crazies all the time. Do you think that Perry is thrilled by all of Jeffress comments? No. Has Jeffress endorsed Perry. Yes.

    Off topic, but good discussion: Not all of Christian morality is made into laws and that’s a good thing. Where should the line be drawn? Should Sabbath laws (interpreted from the Bible to the letter or by principle) be instituted? Should Tebow be allowed to work on Sunday? Should he make a super bowl commercial telling the world to boycott the super bowl until it’s held on a Monday?

  20. Dillon October 28, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I wish I would have seen this earlier. The new craze is called ‘ Tebowing ‘. Kneeling in prayer in unique places. I get the humor but I don’t like to see God mocked.

    http://tebowing.com/

  21. johan December 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    listen.. people dislike tebow because he isnt a good quarterback.. he has an awesome defense that just recently decided to start playing well. all of his wins are from a margin of a one point that he always pulls off in the end or in o.t. if his defense doesnt keep him in the game, he doesnt win. as proven when they played the lions (and he got his a s s handed to him).. now, when it comes to the critics who want him to fail, its not because they hate him as a christian.. its because they see through the hype. they know that he will never be a great quarterback.. and they want him to fail and disappear and allow the game of football to continue on without him.. teblow sucks.. just face it.. now, Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is on the path of arguably becoming the best quarterback to ever play the game, and he also happens to be a devout christian.. yet you never hear rodgers give a long sermon on why god gave him the win… he simply keeps his prayers and thanks to god to himself.. and allows his actions to speak for themselves..

    besides, i know you all get major hard ones listening to tebow give praise after each game.. but c’mon.. to the rest of us he is kinda annoying.. lets be honest.. you all know it.

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