There has been a forward floating around the internet recently showing a group of Muslims on their hands and knees in prayer along with a picture of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow in his prayerful position. The question was asked, “Why was it okay for the Muslims to be shown in prayer but not Tebow?” Is Tim Tebow being subjected to criticism and mocking for attempting to live his conviction? Is the media being fair? They would never mock the Muslims.
have followed Tim Tebow from his years at Florida where he was a
winning quarterback for the Florida Gators to his ascension to starting
quarterback for the Denver Broncos. I am a fan. He seems to be just as
he appears, an individual who lives his life as his religion dictates.
He is charitable beyond belief. He has paid for and built a hospital in
the Philippines for the poor and needy children of that area. He invites
ailing people, mostly children, to his games and pays all their
expenses. He also arranges to spend time with them tossing a football
around and just generally making real human contact. In the off season
he visits prisons ministering to people who have made bad choices in
life. He is truly a positive influence. The press never reports this, do
reward in this country seems to be a mocking media and mocking fellow
players. His very name has become a verb and not a nice verb either.
Tebowing has become a joke. To kneel and pray as he does has become
fodder for some to make fun of.
don’t know today if he will become a successful quarterback in the NFL.
I doubt if he cares nearly as much as the press would have you believe.
To me he is already a successful man. I have seen reporters dumbfounded
by Tim’s seeming lack of concern for the non-football criticism he has
faced. As far as football is concerned, he led his Denver Broncos to the
playoffs and even won the first game against a heavily favored
Pittsburgh Steeler team. He has since lost to New England and his season
is over, but I suspect Tim Tebow has his priorities in order. I believe
he will come back next season a better player and will win even more
games. But football is football and life is life.
is my idea of what Tebowing should be. Instead of mocking his
lifestyle, perhaps other NFL players should consider contributing to
charities that help poor children. That would be true Tebowing. Instead
of blowing millions on parties and fancy clothes, how about concerning
oneself with the sick and ailing children who would love to attend a
game. In the off season, instead of getting into trouble with booze and
drugs, how about becoming a positive influence on one’s fellow man.
Those are the kind of things I think of when I think of the word
fun of Tim Tebow is not funny. You don’t have to like him or like his
choice of religious expression. The media wouldn’t mock women in burqas
or men in yamakas. Nor would they mock nuns in their traditional habits.
Why then, in a country where polls consistently show most of us
professing Christianity as our religious choice, do they feel it’s okay
to mock Tebow?
all have to make our choices as to how we will live our lives. We all
choose our heroes. I am pleased to tell you this kid is my hero.
Ron Scarbro February 1, 2012
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