*First of all, I am a massive Florida Gator fan. I love Tebow. Second, I am not an NFL talent evaluator. I don’t know what Tebow’s NFL career will develop into. *
Now that I got that out of the way, It is absolutely appalling the way Tebow, as a man not a quaterback, is being treated by the media and the public. People are being just plain hateful toward a man who has been nothing but kind and respectful. Why? Do they hate Tebow? No! They hate righteousness, and it makes them feel guilty that Tebow has chosen (by God’s grace) to live a righteous life.
This is exactly what Jen Engel of Foxsports.com thinks. Here’s how she puts it,
I could not figure out what was causing this onslaught of venom for a guy almost everybody claims to like, and I finally decided it is more about us. He makes us uncomfortable. He is a reminder that the blue-red, liberal-conservative fight over taking God out of everyday life is intellectually dishonest. He is too good.
Tebow is proof that God goes comfortably into whatever arena of your life you wish to take Him. I used to work with a great guy, Simon Gonzalez, a very devout Christian, and he prayed before every meal. Others would be killing free press meals and he would stop, bow his head and silently say thanks. He was not making a spectacle of his beliefs. He believed that God deserved thanks for what was before him, and not just when convenient for Simon. And people would squirm — not because what he was doing was wrong but because it was right. It is the same for Tebow.
She also makes this interesting observation,
Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncos quarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine if Detroit Lions players Stephen Tulloch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened Sunday.
I know what would happen. All hell would break loose.
Stinging indictments issued by sports columnists. At least a few outraged religious leaders chiming in on his behalf. Depending on what else had happened that day, they might have a chance at becoming Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person In The World.
And there would be apologies. Oh, Lord, would there be apologies — by players, by coaches, possibly by ownership with a tiny chance of a statement from NFL commish Roger Goodell.
You cannot mock Muslim faith, not in this country, not anywhere really.
You can read the rest of her article HERE… it’s worth the read.