(Mis)Understanding God and Tim Tebow
The controversy over Christian quarterback Tim Tebow demonstrates exactly how far America has drifted from its Christian roots.
Tebow certainly uplifted millions in his first year in the NFL, but the Christian haters too came out of everywhere. And if their level of prejudice were aimed at, say, a homosexual or a black or an illegal alien, it would be condemned roundly in every media quarter.
Charles Barkley, a former basketball player who is black and who now is a sports commentator on TV said of Tebow, “the national nightmare continues.” This is precisely what you would expect from an uneducated bigot.
Just imagine… Tebow was in the news for, what, two months, and by dint of his Christian faith he is being called every name in the book.
Where is Barkley to denounce the real “national nightmare” of millions of illegitimate and poor children who have been born to runaway fathers in black America, fathers who never will see, support or love those children after they are born? Or where is Barkley to denounce the gambling and womanizing and drug-cheating and other abhorrent behaviors that are rampant in sports?
Nowhere. But one Christian rises up for just sixty days and the haters came out in full force.
And Barkley might do well to study history. It was the mighty force of Christian abolitionists that ended slavery and allowed the Charles Barkleys of America to live in mansions rather than in shacks.
These attacks are scandalous and they expose many in the sports world and in the sports media and in America itself for who they really are – a universe of faith-less materialists who know nothing about the world beyond their basketball courts and their luxury SUVs and their 10-foot televisions and their hideous manors.
Tebow is easily one of the most decent people ever to play pro football. His parents were Christian missionaries and during her pregnancy with Tim, Tebow’s mother faced possible death but did not abort her child. Tim was home-schooled along with his four siblings.
Tim Tebow is a good soul and was never seeking the fortune of his newfound fame. He does not believe what he believes in order to build his “brand”. He simply is an authentic Christian who happens to have played well in his first pro season. And he surely will play well for many more. We pray he will pursue his greatness.
For years Tebow has quietly and humbly given his time to sick kids and to other charities. He is gentle and forgiving. He never has sought attention for his good works or even for his miraculous wins in 2011 like a lot of these media gluttons would. He even says that he is keeping his virginity for his future wife and the mother of his children.
Wow. Good for him. Finally a decent role model for our children to substitute for all the degenerates that Follywood and professional sports have given us over the last few decades.
Look at what Tebow said about a success that most Americans would die for: “Number one, what my mom and dad preached to me as a kid. Just because you may have athletic ability and may be able to play a sport doesn’t make you any more special than anybody else. It doesn’t mean that God loves you more than anybody else. We play a sport, and it’s a game. At the end of the day, that’s all it is, is a game.”
Meanwhile the Christian haters do not even understand the founding of America, that Christianity is the basis for our… and their… freedom and prosperity. Here are some quotes from our Founding Fathers about the necessity for a God-based society.
John Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the second president of the United States said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration said, “(T)he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”
Noah Webster, author of the first dictionary said, “The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.” John Jay, the first chief justice of the US Supreme Court said, “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” George Washington said, “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”
And on and on. So there… Go look up the quotes or read David Barton’s wonderful book, Original Intent – The Courts, the Constitution & Religion.
But the haters are never scholars. They know nothing about history. Most are uneducated like Barkley or have been mis-educated at our universities and have been turned into atheist parrots. Their whole focus in life is on their own material comfort. The Seven Deadly Sins are often their Ten Commandments. The narcissistic, materialistic and God-less society that they have nurtured, and that much of America has become, is a frightening thing to behold.
After a string of victories that brought Tebow to national attention, he lost some games and all the haters immediately shouted in unison, “So where’s your God now, Tebow!?!”
This shows how frantic and emotional the haters are and how little they even understand about our Christian faith. Expecting Tebow to win every game on account of his faith would be like saying that God should have saved Christian America from the civil war and the great depression. This ignores the fact that God does not have control over man and his sinful and imperfect world.
The haters do not understand that our temporal world is separate from God and is full of sin, hatred and anger. That Christians are not immune to the wrath of man or of mother nature or of circumstance. Or of losing a football game. Because if Tim Tebow won every game, he would be God. And that is not possible.
The haters do not understand that loving God is a long-term proposition for the strong of heart and mind, people who believe that man can be better only by first sensing the presence of a perfect Supreme Being and then seeking to please His perfection or even emulate it.
And the haters do not understand that faith is a matter of, well, faith – that we Christians do not claim that God is something like the “settled science” that Al Gore foolishly claims about his ‘religion’ which is pagan environmentalism.
No, faith in God does not allow us to magically transcend or bypass the failures and vicissitudes of mankind. Just look at Tim Tebow’s Job-like rout at the hands of the New England Patriots when maximum media focus was on him.
Indeed faith in a loving Christian God is an ongoing process and can only uplift man when more and more of the world’s people recognize man as hopeless and faith in God as the only alternative to a barren and meaningless existence.
Faith in a perfect God is a partnership of as many of the faithful as we can muster. But once the faithful fall below a certain percentage of the population – into the despicable Charles Barkley category – then society will pay a huge price. In fact we already have.
But over the long run we know that Tim Tebow and people like him will turn that around. May he play for many, many years. He had a great start.