I’m not a huge football fan. The only time you see me watching it is during the Super Bowl, and even then it’s only to catch a glimpse at the commercials. But I’ve come to know the name ‘Tebow’ in the last few months better than I do the game, and what I’ve discovered has disheartened me more than a little.
It seems everywhere I turn someone is ridiculing Tebow, and not just for a bad game. In fact, their venomous jests and retorts seem aimed most of all toward his faith.
From what I can gather, Tebow is not a boastful, prideful man. He doesn’t march with a sign of damnation on street corners, hollering out accusations. In fact, he seems quite the opposite. His faith appears to be a refreshing glimpse of what people who call themselves Christians should be like: humble, courteous, friendly, encouraging, compassionate and giving.
And so I sit here and wonder… what did Tim Tebow do wrong?
Why is he the punchline?
Have we, as people, in our zeal in expanding “tolerance” found ourselves doing the very opposite? Because bullying and persecuting people for their faith, whatever it may be, strikes me as backward.
When we see someone who strives to be a positive influence on others through their service and disposition, is it just to strike them down simply because they attribute their goodliness to a deity?
Already China has dubbed the Dalai Lama as a “terrorist” for his non-violent philosophies and efforts to spread compassion, peace and unity.
Have we, in today’s world, placed ourselves above the likes of religions, spirituality and faith?
This isn’t a soap box proclamation, but the start of a conversation. What are your thoughts?