A cautionary note here. The Pink Flamingo absolutely detests football. I think it is stupid, barbaric, and is grossly over-rated. I think college football should be professional. I think high school football and high school athletics should be given the same treatment as the arts. If there are no fine arts, music, or drama classes in a school district there should be no athletics.
Now that my rant is over (I usually have one this time of year), I did not realize who this Tebow person was until a few weeks ago. Like I said, I avoid football like the plague. I am currently counting the days until it is spring. Pitchers and catchers will start meandering into Spring Training within the month or so. Then the world begins anew.
I don’t give a rip about Tebow. I do think, though, that he is utterly deplorable. Oh, it’s nice that he interrupts a game to kneel and pray, and puts John 3:16 on his face, or where ever he puts it. But, aren’t football players prevented from acting like barbaric asses when they score a touchdown or what ever it is that they do? (And, yes, this post is dripping with disdain and contempt for football).
There is nothing wrong with a hitter crossing himself when he steps up to the plate. If I were going to be buzzed by a deadly white sphere that is traveling at upwards of 98MPH, I’d cross myself, too. But – I don’t ever remember a baseball player stopping at the plate after a home run or scoring, to kneel in prayer. It is something that just doesn’t happen.
You see, this is not about Tim (?) Tebow. This is about the Lord. It is now no longer about his faith, or alleged faith in what ever he believes. If John 3:16 is any indication, then he says he is a Christian. This is about a person making a spectacle out of himself in front nation wide television audiences. The discussion is all about him, and it is not about Christ.
I say this, having never seen him play. I don’t even know what team he plays for. I don’t even know if he is professional or college. I don’t care. I’ve never seen him on television, and wouldn’t know what he looks like if you stuck his picture in my face. I don’t even know what his religion, other than Christian is. You see, all this Episcopalian knows is that he is putting his being seen worshiping Christ above the Lord.
If I had not seen another absurd Krauthammer comment (the poor man has truly lost it) that he has a direct line to God I would not be writing this sarcastic commentary.
“…“My pick, and I want to say how humbled I got from the viewers and I want to congratulate my opponents on a clean campaign — my pick is ‘Does Tebow have a direct line to God?’” Krauthammer said. “Yes, he told me so, God did — but in a written statement. I love this guy. I’m in love with this story.” But Krauthammer said the best part of the Tebow story was the backlash against him by the so-called “secular types.”…”
Now, anyone who criticizes this saint of a man is a secular type. I hate to break this to you, but I am a Christian. I have had the good fortune to have been raised in a Christian home by devout parents, who each had devout parents. “Religion” is a spectator sport in my family, a hobby, avocation, vocation, and way of life for us. My uncle was a rather well known evangelist. I have a cousin who is a minister. I’m in the process of writing a devotional. I’ve been working on another book about Christianity for several years. I do not want my criticism of this Tebow person to be misconstrued as secular.
I am absolutely disgusted with the coverage and adulation of this man. If he claims to be a Christian, then he must know it is NOT about him, but about Christ. I think maybe this poor man is missing something. John 3:30 (not John 3:16) tells us that He must increase, but I must decrease.
In other words – it is NOT about Tim Tebow and his alleged religion, but it is about Christ. He has made it all about himself, and not about Christ. I suspect if you were to discuss this with other Christians who are playing football, they may find it a little disgusting, if you could get an honest answer out of them. In Matthew 6:1-6, Christ tells us how to worship.
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’
I may sound like a bit of a pain here, but I find people who make a spectacle of themselves over what they want us to believe they believe to be distasteful. It reminds me of Jim & Tammy and others who have ‘sinned’. I find people like this are more interested in how people see them then what they truly believe. It is not about their devotion to Christ, but their devotion to their image.
This is all about a pathetic little football player wanting to be seen. Pardon me if I don’t worship his alleged worship of Christ. I have no problem wearing a cross in public. I often do. I have some jewelry with images of various saints on them. My home is filled with artistic crosses, and several icons. I don’t though, flaunt my faith in public. I don’t need to.