Every Day Christian Julie wrote a long blog post about how everybody’s got to leave Tim Tebow alone. Below, my personal reaction to her post…
Sometimes, it is hard to be a bystander. When the subject of God comes up, it can be maddening to watch so much spite and self-righteousness.
I know! Religious people can be such assholes some times. I mean, most of them aren’t ever, and only a few are all the time, but this whole self-righteousness thing is verily a total drag.
When the primary message of love and compassion is lost in bitter words, I feel the need to speak up.
Absolutely. My view, as an Atheist and a Humanist is that one of the most important things I can do is to make the life of those I love a little better than it might otherwise be. Bitter words have no place in that, and I sometimes like to speak up when people can’t stop themselves from being spiteful. It isn’t just religious people, though, who can be like that. Anybody can be like that really.
It doesn’t make me any better. God, forgive me when this angry side shows.
Oh. I was thinking you were … oh, never mind …
My voice inside my head …
… uh …
… tells me God does not need anyone to defend Him, and I should not let these things get to me. But I’m human. This subject touches my heart, which only adds to the fervency. God, forgive my lack of constraint.
Are you going to go berserk now?
Today I want to share my latest collapse of spiritual composure.
I’m guessing yes.
Before I tell you about this, I will tee it up and tell you that the topic is no stranger to the news, especially in sports and religious circles. Wait for it….
Ok, I’ll be over here…
The public prayer of Tim Tebow. I know, not him again!
What? You mean that football player who everybody thought god was on his side but he got his everlovin’ ass kicked anyway?
Even with all the bad behaviors that exist in a sport filled with egomaniacs, THIS bothers people. Even for those who are not Christians, is this something to loathe? The guy’s got heart far beyond the 27 seconds of prayer he displays in the end zone.
I guess I’ve never seen him do that. Is it exactly 27 seconds? Isn’t that kind of disruptive of the game? Does he get a penalty for that? Hey, I can just see what the hand signals for that would be.
“Uncalled for praying … five yard penalty. Repeat the down!”
There are probably a long list of reasons that people get so bothered by this. I can only guess.
That would be “There is probably a long list”
Maybe God does not need to be defended, but I feel the urge to defend such a God-fearing man. He probably doesn’t need it either. It is just annoying, so I guess this is MY issue.
OK, good, done. This was starting to get uncomfortable.
However, what has tipped my feelings of annoyance to anger is when a Facebook conversation cited scripture to criticize this man. The basis of this stems from a passage in Matthew 6:5-6, which talks about public prayer.
Wait, I thought you were done. Well, it seems like you need different Facebook friends. Maybe you should consider sticking to your own kind. Facebookers who pray together Like together.
I know anger is no solution and at some point I had to just step out of the conversation. In the end, it broke my heart. I was overwhelmed with sadness that the entire message of Jesus was missed.
Maybe that is because this is not about Jesus. Jesus thought he was sent to Earth by his father in order to die on the cross. Tebow things he’s god’s gift to football. Entirely different delusions.
This message is sandwiched between other passages that tell us to “be the light” (Matt 5:14-16) and “not to judge” (Matt 7:1-5). Why was this ignored? Even I ignored it by participating in the debate.
Well, it looks to me like what yo are doing there is quote mining. That first Matthew quote, for example, is about interior lighting design, and the other is about eye health.
Yes, I have never met the man and really have no idea was his intentions are.
That is undoubtedly true.
But I have been paying close attention to him and believe his heart is faithful. Without a doubt.
Then why did he lose the playoffs, and not only lose them, but lost them in a deeply embarrassing and shameful way? Clearly, god hath forsaken Tebow. Totally.
I love football, and I think Tebow is a man of great character, and brings positive energy to the sport. He has heart, ethics, unwavering faith, and a positive attitude.
Tim has been consistant in his faith long before he was drafted by the Broncos. His upbringing attests to that – his parents were missionaries and taught Tim about the bible since he was a young boy.
Have you ever met any missionaries? I have. I wan’t positively impressed.
He wore scripture under his eyes in college.
That’s weird. Like taped on with duct tape? What?
He created a foundation that takes care of children all over the world. Yes, Tim prays silently to thank God. On the field. With cameras watching. But I am sure he prays in private as well. For the glory of God.
Where I come from we call that showboating. FIVE YAERDS!!! (hahaha)
The media has made him into something beyond anything I have ever seen.
His behavior is unprecedented and extreme, demanding of attention, and anything but subtle. The media is merely taking notice. Tebow Tebowed himself.
I have never seen a man more loved and hated. No one is neutral about Tebow. He inspires passion and compassion from people all over the world. He also ignites hate and anger from others.
I’m guessing that is what he was after.
Truthfully, I don’t believe that Tim prays because people are watching, I believe people are watching because he prays.
Um. No. People are watching the football game and he knows that and uses that as an opportunity for his own bizarre version of showboating. FIVE YARD!!! (hahahaha)
In the end
Oh good, the end….
my question to those who cite Matt 6:5-6 to judge or tattle-tail is: why?
Now, this is getting uninteresting. Who cares.
With all the hate and suffering in this world, why does heartfelt prayer bother you? Doesn’t God deserve the glory?
I wonder what the real motive is when I see people grabbing on to scripture and using it or even twisting it to support their judgment or hate.
I know, I hate that! Kinda like you did above.
Maybe prayer makes them uncomfortable.
Silent prayer and prayer done in private makes no one uncomfortable. Prayer done in the public, showboating (FIVE YARDS) way Tebow does it can indeed make people uncomfortable, and that is fairly obvious and that is one of the reasons he should not do it. But I must say I don’t like the tone of your voice when you say that.
Maybe they are simply bitter because the church, or someone has hurt them. Are their hearts flooded with anger or insecurity? Is it just the need to be heard? I can only wonder.
No, just annoyed. People are just annoyed.
Are the critics pointing out that Tim is a sinner? Well they are right. He is. And so am I and you
Now you are being a jackass. Speak for yourself.
and everyone here on Planet Earth. But the good news is God sent Jesus to die for us. He took on the sin himself so we could be free (John 3:16).
One of the greatest delusions off the christian faith.
Above all else, it states in the bible that we are to love God and love one another (Matt 22:37-40). Why do we ignore THAT message in favor of judgment and self-righteousness?
I see what you just did. You said to people like me that we are being judgmental because we don’t think exactly like you do. I don’t mind your religion and your religiosity as long as you don’t judge me and pray all over my TV. But you do both. Please stop. (Talking to you and Tebow together, here, obviously.)
I don’t know the answer to this, but I will certainly pray to God about it.
Yeah, I know you don’t know. Let us know when you … hear back.