You may not be a football fan, but what Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow is doing right now transcends the sidelines of a football field.
First - he's winning games. He was a big contributor to ending the season for my beloved Steelers on Sunday.
But even more importantly, Tebow is unafraid to celebrate his Christianity. He's open about his love of God and how that guides his life. And in this world of so many false idols, Tim Tebow appears to be a genuine role model for young men and women.
This tends to make some people uncomfortable. Some media outlets just love to show Tebow genuflecting on the sidelines or after a game while they make pithy comments.
Folks, this has been around for years. Tebow just has the big stage right now and I think his emergence this year is not only energizing football, it's starting an honest (and what may be an uncomfortable) conversation for some about where we all stand in our own spiritual journey.
I just have one thing to say about that - God bless him!
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
I AGREE -- WE NEED MORE YOUNG MEN AS "Mentors"like Tim Tebow for our YOUTH TODAY and INTO THE FUTURE and THEN WATCH WHAT HAPPENS...you ALL WILL BE AMAZED...
Good for you---I
loved everything you said about Tebow and religion. I have become a Denver fan
once again because of him. Sorry about Pittsburgh--they are still a great
And God Bless you, too!
Today you spent time extolling the virtue of Tebow (?) and his Christianity.
I would suggest you consider the following:
A soldier who risks his life and dies for his country but has no belief in a God cannot expect to be welcome in heaven (unlike a Christian, although one has to ask why 'God' would welcome someone who kills merely at the order of someone else), ergo, that is the end of everything for them.
I spent many years as an Anesthetist and saved a good many 'Christians'. I watched a young girl spend her 21 birthday on a respirator. I watched her bleed to death from a thing called DIC (disseminating intravascular coagulopathy) on Christmas Eve and saw the terror in her eyes. This was while the Vietnam War was in full swing. I am confident that patients I saved would have no reservations assigning me to hell because I didn't share their religious beliefs. While single I had a married playmate who told me that, because I didn't belong to her church, I was going to hell (thou shall not commit adultery?)
I had a rabidly Baptist neighbor who was a brittle type 1 diabetic. She had no hesitation picking up the phone if she needed my professional assistance at any hour but would damn me to hell because I wasn't a Baptist plus tried hard to destroy any relationship I might have been in. Once when I was abruptly ill she swung by, saw me writhing on the floor, and abruptly left never calling or offering to call 911.
Well before Christ was born people were inherently good. Deeds done to please a deity lack sincerity. Deeds done out of true caring for ones fellow man are priceless.
It's my first time to comment although I have agreed with Your Turn many times before. It's time Christians stood up for their beliefs. We let so many things antiChristian go buy us...prayer in the schools and governing bodies just to name a few. I am proud that we have a man in our community who will speak for all of us and say what we should be saying all along. Right On and God Bless You! I'm putting a coin in my little blue UMW box in your honor - a Big Coin!
AMEN to your segment tonight on Tebow and God Bless him.
Morals could be defined as a code of conduct conducive to harmonious interactions within society.
Religions on the other hand such as Judaism & Christianity are primarily focused on the worship of a deity. Specific to each religion is a canon of beliefs, a set of religious strictures on worshiping such as dietary laws, exclusion of competing deities and rites such as baptism and circumcision. All these things are specific to the particular belief system of the religion.
While it is true that religions often also embrace a humanist moral social code like not killing, stealing etc.., contrary to common belief, most of these rules preceded, were not invented by and are not unique to the religion. These are deity independent common sense rules for humans to live together harmoniously regardless of their belief in a particular deity.
So when an athlete makes a public religious display
like crossing himself he is primarily "witnessing" for his
Christian religious beliefs and not his moral behavior. In your
opinion piece I believe you confuse religion specific displays
with moral displays. Moral displays are things like shaking hands, playing
fair, avoiding cheating, following agreed to rules and not breaking the social
laws of the community. Morals must be demonstrated by actions
not just signified by religious jewelry, crossing oneself or
associating oneself with a particular religious group. Simply put
signifying membership in a particular religious organization does not mean
you are a good person.
So your message was apparently to join a church, cross
yourself and genuflect on the field like this guy and you will be a
moral person. Instead I would say live a moral life within a religion or
outside of a religion and teach by example. Religious activity on the
playing field is misguided since it is highly unlikely that when two
groups get together to play a game, a deity would be taking sides.
By making a religious display on the field, the athlete is
really indicating that by his actions he is trying to cajole his deity into
helping him persevere against his opponent or thank him for past
help. Basically he is trying to get his god to help him win. But if his
god were to get involved to help one side over the
other wouldn't this be cheating on god's part ie immoral?
Wouldn't this then run counter to your premise that
this activity should be encouraged since it is either wasted effort since
god would want to be impartial or an (immoral ??) attempt to get god
to "fix" the game which we know he would not do.
Athletes should be encouraged to go to their places of worship, pray as much as they want, participate in their churches rituals but generally leave it there. When outside and on the playing field they should live good clean moral lives and be an example to others. The alternative in the ridiculous extreme would be athletes with advertisements on their Jerseys like "Come to First Baptist and be saved" or holding up religious signs along the sidelines next to "Eat at Joes". Just inappropriate, out of place and should be discouraged..
I did mention the "V" goose scenario at SPRC last evening but I did forget one question.....Do you suppose that Tim's pass receptions, totaling 3 16 yards, is at all biblical?
Love your stand for Tebow and his willingness to acknowledge our Lord in the face of criticism ..... What a great example for kids to follow ! Good job Gary!!
Gary McNair, thank you for Tebow's video and your article.
With my turn, I say it too! God bless Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow! What a joy to see his love of God who recognizes from whence his blessings come and shares his wisdom with all of us. It reflects and acknowledges man's creator, a universal source, who's known as God and is available to everyone.
I enjoyed reading this article. He is one of the few people who are willing to live his faith. God bless you too for writing this article.
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