I haven’t said anything about Tim Tebow because I wanted to spend some time thinking about him and the stir he has created before I did, but I’ve decided that the bottom line is that I just simply do not understand what all the fuss is about and I’m hoping that if you understand it, you will enlighten me.
The guy claims to be a Christian, and it seems to me that he has that right. Okay, so he takes a knee after a touchdown. How can that possibly be enough to have caused the wave of criticism the poor guy has had to endure?
It seems to me that Tim takes a knee while someone else does a belly bump and another waves a fist in the air, each letting a piece of his personality and who he is show to millions of fans…and the world accepts all but the knee. Why is that?
In a day where we forgive athletes for basically anything (gambling, drugs, rape, and assault and battery come to mind), I’m just lost as to why we care that Tebow gives God the credit for basically everything in his life, including his success. Since he is the son of missionary parents, I don’t find this strange at all.
In fact, what I find strange is that in this country that professes tolerance and religious freedom (or freedom from religion) there is the lack of even a speck of tolerance for Tim Tebow and his personal beliefs. I also have the feeling that if TT were a Buddhist and if he ran to the sidelines after every touchdown to rub the head of a statue of Buddha, no one would dare make a peep.
If he were a Muslim and if during the game it was time for him to kneel and pray, would we object? I suppose many individuals might, but members of the national media? I really don’t believe that they would.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This article is not meant to promote or condemn any “religion.” I’ve just wondered for some years now why it is that we are so quick to criticize some and equally quick to defend others.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. And to Tim I would say, “Be who you are. This country was built by people who dared to be themselves and chase their individual dreams. I see no reason why you cannot do the same whether anyone agrees with you or not!”