Posts Tagged ‘Tim Tebow’

Dear Tebow…

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was posted by the Christian Post. Click here to read it.

Dear Tim Tebow,

I’m conflicted. Now, I don’t have all the facts, I’ll give you that. But I pray you aren’t being “advised” to conform to this world. You have a privilege and a platform to boldly stand for Jesus Christ. Don’t let your fans — young Christians — down now.

On Wednesday night, Tebow, I read that you made a phone call to Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas’ First Baptist Church to say that, despite promising to speak at the church in April, you were gointebowg to sit this one out on the sidelines. The snarky side of me wants to write, “What’s new?” However, I’ll refrain and consider the facts.

According to your official Facebook page, which no doubt is maintained by your staff, the reasons are as follows:

“While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!”

Your Facebook post sounds well-intentioned, but these are not the reasons you gave Pastor Jeffress, are they? Pastor Jeffress told the Daily Beast that, “He [Tebow] said that because of professional and personal reasons he needed to stay away from controversy right now, so he would not be able to come.”

We admire you for sharing Scripture verses on your cheeks during games. We’re proud of you for kneeling in thanks to God after every touchdown, a.k.a. “Tebowing.” (Beware though. One of my colleagues suggested Un-Tebowing as a viral movement after reading about your decision.)And we have you to thank for inspiring other young Christian athletes like Jeremy Lin, Robert Griffin III, and Lolo Jones to be outspoken about their faith.

But Tebow, what makes you different from other Christian athletes was your decision to do the speaking tour on the church circuit. I have friends counting on seeing you speak at Liberty University (LU) in March, but LU believes in marriage only as the union between one man and one woman. Will you show up? Now that you’ve seemingly caved to the homosexual activist community and liberal bloggers, will you be afraid to upset them again?

You want to lay low, I get that. You’re probably going to be cut from the Jets, and you need another NFL team to pick you up. The added controversy probably isn’t helping your slim chances of a trade. Understandable. But I urge you to consider the charge from Romans 12:2, 
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Look, Tim, I know it’s not easy to go against the grain of the world’s expectations. I’m 25, just like you, raised in the Bible Belt, and have been outspoken about my faith since the age of eight. Like you, God has given me a national platform with Concerned Women for America, a Christian non-profit, through which I advocate Biblical truths in public policy, and my career as a pro-life, pro-family advocate is controversial. My colleagues and I are called “bigots,”“bullies,” and a lot of other unprintable names, and we’re utterly harassed every single day for standing for purity, marriage as God intended it, and the sanctity of unborn life. We don’t get paid millions of dollars per year to do it, but I’m fine with that.

I wear the insults like a badge of honor, because I’m utilizing the platform God has given me to the fullest extent. It’s not about who I offend. It’s about sharing the Gospel.

So please, whatever you do, don’t sacrifice your platform to please your critics.

Sincerely,

Chelsen Vicari

Moral Relativity and Religion

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Why are moral relativists confused by religion?  Does the concept of living by standards and moral convictions pose that serious a threat?  Not only is Tim Tebow the most loved and hated football player in the league, but now he is the most celebrated second-string player.  Most of the fame behind the name “Tim Tebow” comes from his young, unapologetic confidence in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The sequence of questioning hurled at him during his recent Jets press conference sadly proves that the stereotypical New York welcome was in full gear, aimed and ready to address this young Christian football player’s ability to handle what the city has to offer.

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” the New York theme song by Frank Sinatra sums up the Big Apple best.  Being a young woman from New York, I am well aware of what the “city that never sleeps” holds for incoming newbie Tim Tebow.  As most have already pointed out, Daniel has now entered the lion’s den.  And the constant referral to the temptation that awaits Tebow is appalling.  It goes to show that not many hold high hopes for young men or women who stand on faith.  Maybe Tebow and the city’s other young unapologetically Christian athlete, New York Knicks’ basketball player Jeremy Lin, should buddy up!

The world is camera ready — and waiting with bated breath — to catch any stumble that Tebow might make.  Our culture is constantly on pins and needles, eager to rip apart the followers of Christ, those who build their lives upon moral standards rather than the things of this world.

But what is so different with this obsession everyone has with Tebow?  Easy.  It’s his youth.  As a fellow 20-something, I can attest to the lack of young Christian celebrities that are upfront about their faith — those who not only show Christ in one aspect of their life, but who live it out and do not give the media the opportunity to record failure.

The media’s recent interest in the status of one’s faith and the shift in focus to the role of religion in today’s mainstream reporting have an enormous influence on society.  From “Tebowing” to “Linsanity,” young Christians are once again stepping forward in society and donning their Christian armor — or, in these two instances, their jerseys — in public.  Years ago, the media did not report on one’s Christian faith, because practicing Christianity was not newsworthy; it was the norm.  However, today’s youth are facing a new generation of challenges, learning to be steadfast and unwavering in their moral convictions, despite the blustering storm of social temptations and media stigmatism.