Tim Tebow booed at Yankee Stadium

April 15, 2012

Tim Tebow has been booed at Yankees Stadium. Yes, booed, and at Yankees Stadium. Say it ain’t so! Somebody must carry the blame for this heinous act of trechery. Let’s round-up the usual suspects.

The lamestream media.

The liberal media.

Liberals (Yes, the whole damn bunch of ’em!)

Atheists.

Everyone who believes in climate change.

Socialists (may be synonymous with liberal)

Progressives (See entries on socialists and communists)

Communists (Previously dormant category revived by Allen West)

Permissive parents.

Gay activists. (Can’t leave them out!)

Feminists.

Illegal immigrants.

Ill-mannered New Yorkers. (Careful, we are dangerously close to a suspect classification that may bear some actual responsibility for the incident!)

As you can see, American culture is a seething cesspool of corruption and vile negative influences which may erupt at any moment causing inconvenience and occasional acid indigestion to the more well-behaved among us. Just to be perfectly clear, and not risk any hurt feelings of angry readers, all of this is my somewhat stumbling and perhaps inept way of suggesting that we should all just chill a minute.

Yes, Christians will face persecution and Jesus faithfully assures believers this will come and that there is a reward included with the suffering.

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mat 5:11-12 ESV)

See, I’m not making this up! And the truth is that we Christians seem to love it when anybody is the least bit critical or even slightly abrasive. The fact is that sometimes we come across as big old crybabies. So, it some multi-million-dollar backup quarterback gets jeered by the local yahoos, we should just figure that such things are bound to happen whenever people have too much beer and too few brains.

Finally, there is a real issue here that we should toss around without all the whining that usually accompanies such occurrences. Everything Tim Tebow does is worth commentary and I certainly can not let this juicy morsel pass by without chewing on it for a little bit. What is it about Tebow that raises such emotions?

Here is a theory. This guy is so matter-of-fact about his religious convictions and so apparently devoid of the typical hypocrisy that many people find it a bit unnerving. Now understand this clearly, Tebow is just as human as you or me so he has the same human faults as everybody else. The difference is that Tebow seems to master himself.

Saying that Tim Tebow is ramming his religion down anybody’s throat is almost a fantasy. That is so far from the truth that his complete transparency just screams out the truth. He does that stuff because that is how he is. When Tebow takes a knee, it is completely honest. Like many of us, he looks to a living and immanent creator to be present in his life. That is a challenge to those who criticize.

God is not theoretical or a distant uninterested being and that takes modern culture and turns it upside down. The good part is that he does it by being completely unassuming and demands nothing from the onlooker. Of course, the actions demand critique, and that is our opportunity to explain why a successful professional athlete looks to a real divine influence in his life and the world. His testimony about Jesus Christ is a very helpful thing for American Christians, if we can keep a sense of humor and a bit of perspective. In other words, don’t be so doggone defensive.

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