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Why Liberals Hate Tim Tebow

Many Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God.

by
Paula Bolyard

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September 1, 2013 - 7:20 am

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In January 2012, Tim Tebow was the darling of the marketing world — he was marketing gold. Then quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Tebow had led the team to several come-from-behind wins and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of an overtime game to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a first-round playoff game. The game drew a stunning 49% more viewers than the year-earlier match-up.

Ad Age reported at the time, “The game on CBS averaged a 25.9 household rating/43 share, according to Nielsen, the highest-rated first-round NFL playoff game in 24 years.”

They said that Tebow ranked among the top 85 celebrities in the world in the Trendsetter attribute, “on par with George Clooney, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake.” According to Ad Age, “In terms of influence, Mr. Tebow is now in the top 40 of 3,000 celebs in the DBI, on par Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg.”

Darin David, account director at The Marketing Arm, Dallas, said that Tebow was then likely at the $10 million a year level in marketing potential. “As a marketer, you want somebody like that.”

Now you’d think that any team with half a brain, or even a modicum of greed, would have seen the potential — a decade of Tebwomania with the accompanying marketing bonanza. Jerseys, posters, shoes, ticket sales, TV viewers — dollar signs. They would have immediately put a team of the best coaches, trainers, and former quarterbacks on Team Tebow to do whatever it takes to transform his Heisman Trophy college skills into NFL-worthy abilities. But the media had to have its say.

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Despite Tebow’s tremendous marketing potential, even before he was cut loose from the Broncos, the whisper campaign began about how he was “polarizing” and he had “baggage” — that teams wouldn’t want the “distraction.” Ross Bentley at Bleacher Report called Tebow “ the most polarizing figure in sports.” A Business Insider headline blasted “How He Became the Most Polarizing Athlete in Sports,” citing Tebow’s homeschooling and Christian faith. (It should be noted that Michael Vick was also at one time considered “the Most Polarizing Man in Sports,” but you know, he killed and tortured innocent puppies and spent time in prison for illegal dog fighting.)

As Tebwomania grew, the supposed “polarization” also grew with liberal sports writers like The Nation’s Dave Zirin weighing in and, while blaming Tebow’s questionable quarterback skills, also opining that Tebow is “a religious figure in a country that is uncomfortable talking [about] religion.” On ESPN this past June, Zirin added, “When you do a Super Bowl ad for Focus on the Family before you’ve played one down in the NFL, you’re going to be polarizing.”

As news of his release from the New England Patriots was announced on Saturday, the internet exploded with stories about the “polarizing quarterback,” including one at Huffington Post that by Saturday night had accumulated more than 5000 comments.

Tebow, as always, was classy in his response, thanking the Patriots owners and coaches for the opportunity and quoting 2 Corinthians 12:9:

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

That was all the Tebow-haters at Huffington Post needed to pounce on Tebow. Some examples of comments:

“Awwwwwwwww. I bet this makes the Baby Jesus weep. Tim should have prayed more.”

“Hey Tim, are you getting the message now? Nothing fails like prayer.”

“If Tim Tebow spend as much time concentrating on playing football as he did worrying about promoting his religion, he might not be getting cut.”

“We’re all going to hell and we’re excited about it. Don’t be jealous.”

“It would have been different for him had he kept his religion home and just been a regular ball player.”

“Where’s your god now, Tebow?”

On and on it went for over 100 pages of comments.

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The truth is, many of these Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God — Tebow is just a convenient conduit for their anger. When they see Tebow unashamedly discussing his faith, praying — Tebowing — on the sidelines of a football game, or hear about him preaching in a church, it makes them confront the fact that they are not right with God. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” described it this way:

The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.(John 3:19-21, ESV).

When a certain segment of the American culture sees Tim Tebow, they get angry at him because they hate the light — they hate God, and more specifically, they hate Jesus Christ. It seems counterintuitive that vocal atheists would hate someone they believe does not exist, but spend time reading the comments thread of any blog post that mentions God or Jesus or Christianity and you’ll see the virulent hatred directed toward something they allegedly don’t believe exists.

Paul tells the Romans that men suppress God’s truth by their unrighteousness. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).

We are all born with a conscience and an innate ability to understand God at a basic level — to know that he exists and we are accountable to Him. Some, despising God (and his laws and requirements), ignore — and even suppress — that truth.

Aldous Huxley, the brother of the atheistic evolutionist Sir Julian Huxley, gave the reason for his anti-Christian stance:

I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning … the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.

For many, it’s easier to attack Tim Tebow than it is to confront the fact that they are living apart from God. They understand that turning to God would mean giving up their right to live however they please and instead submitting to God’s will and desires.

Fair enough. As long as they know that “they are without excuse” and that “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12, ESV).

The good news is something that Tebow has been bold to proclaim. The disciple John also said,“Whoever believes in [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:18). For those who repent — ask forgiveness and turn from their sins — and trust Christ to save them, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, ESV). Hating Tim Tebow, or your Christian co-worker, or the church you grew up in will not solve your fundamental problem that you are separated from God by your sin. Christians believe that only in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ can that separation be bridged.

In addition to writing for PJ Tatler and PJ Lifestyle, Paula also writes for Ohio Conservative Review, and RedState. She is co-author of a new Ebook called, Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children’s Future. She is a member of the Wayne County Executive Committee. Paula describes herself as a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third.

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Nobody is "cramming" anything down your throat. You are not required to attend church on Sundays or any other day. You're also not required to express a belief in a deity. It's a boor who attends a party and then insults the host and invited guests.

What you're objecting to is that there are people who have a differing view on the subject and it annoys you that they can't see your brilliance in explaining why they are wrong.

If I'm wrong then please feel free to explain to me when you have been forced to participate in a religious ceremony or observance. Childhood experience does not count as you were under the control of your parents and would rightly be expected to accede to their authority.
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Or how about the Muslims in the NFL? Nobody seems to have a problem with the two brothers who left the NFL to go on a high-profile national tour of mosques (to promote tolerance of Islam), culminating in a trip to Mecca. Rock Center did a glowing story about them, describing the "quiet force of their personalities and the depth of their integrity" and gushing about their "remarkable leap of faith." For some reason, their kind of religious zealotry (which included fasting during Ramadan during NFL training) is OK with the media and not a "distraction."

http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/29/15520155-muslim-brothers-sacrifice-big-nfl-paychecks-for-spiritual-journey-to-mecca?lite
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A really striking illustration of how unreasonable & irrational all this anti-Christian rhetoric & attitude of disdain & dismissal of all things Christian is how they seem to think nothing of the Muslims, who are more rooted in religious ideology & dogma than even the most staunchest of evangelicals could ever be. How can they be so paranoid about an effort to stamp out late-term abortions & PBA but not bat an eye in the face of "hornor" killings of their women & the common practice of clitorectomies (female "circumcision) on women in their ranks? It's completely & utterly irrational & has no basis in fact or logic. Perhaps they do believe in God & fear Him greatly but just don't want to admit it.
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The exalted will be humbled, and the humble exalted.
43 weeks ago
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I am agnostic, but I have no problem with Tebow. I dont have to beleive what he says, and his publically praying or talking about God does no harm to me. Religion does not work for me, but I see no problem if it works for other people. What this article does illustrate is the intolerance of fanatical atheists. They not only say that God does not work for them, but will not be content unless he cant work for anybody else either. In their own way they are just as intolerant about religion as the worst bible thumper or Muslim Jihadist, if not worse. They are trying to impose their religious view, that their definitely is no God, and it is blasphemy to talk about God, on everybody. Of course what makes it even more bizarre with some leftists is they only want to see the Christian God banned, and have no problem at all with Muslim public professions of faith.
51 weeks ago
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"Of course what makes it even more bizarre with some leftists is they only want to see the Christian God banned, and have no problem at all with Muslim public professions of faith. "

Yes, especially when you consider which group is more likely to cut their throats or blow them up.
51 weeks ago
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Two poles. One pole is Tebow and Christians Check the names of these sportswriters and pundits who act like Tebow's selling a line of suicide-bombs. Yep, check those names and you'll figure out who the other pole is, if you know who I mean, and I';m sure you do.
51 weeks ago
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"Many Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God."

Not so.

They refer to him as "Barack Hussein Obama."
51 weeks ago
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Here is an orderly series of concise presentations which provide the content necessary to make an informed decision about God, Christ, Holy Spirit. http://livingdailyinreality.com/
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If Tim Tebow had stuck a knife in the baclk of Bill Banannacheck when he was cut, he'd be a hero now and accepted back in the sport after undergoing the mandatory six week rehab program. Screw football, it's a sissy sport anyhow. If there were real men they could go more than three minutes without stopping.
51 weeks ago
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John Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Singletary, Tony Dungy, Reggie White, Kurt Warner, Walter Peyton, Emmitt Smith, Derrick Brooks, Troy Polamalu, Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Brees, Brian Dawkins, Ray Lewis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe Gibbs, Shaun Alexander, Phillip Rivers, and on and on.

Are these guys hated and despised? No? How can that be?

After all, each of them is or was a prominent and open Christian in the NFL, quite active and vocal about their faith.

The difference is that they do not and did not engage in self-promotion. They did not write an Obama-like autobiography when they were still little boys. They did not encourage their own names to replace the word "prayer."

Instead of making their faith all about themselves, instead of basking in idolatry, they let their Christian faith speak and shine for itself. As such, they foster unity in faith, rather than bring about division.
51 weeks ago
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Reggie White got a lot of grief for it, especially after he said homosexuality was a sin. I remember the camera being pointedly cut away from some prayer circle he organized after a game.
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It's worth noting also that the press would not even DARE to say anything negative about a black player who openly practiced his faith.
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Professional sport is idolatry. A truly converted man would not participate in idolatry. Auto salvation is an easy route to follow and when followed allows the unrepentant sinner to live his life as the world expects and applauds.
This is a prime example of taking the Name of the Eternal Son and Father in vain.
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I am going to call, "troll".
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Really? A thing is only idolatry if you let it occupy the place that God should have in your life. Now, I will not deny that there are those people who get obsessed with their sport to the point where it becomes an idol in their life, but for most of us, it never reaches that point.
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Players are worshipped by the fans.
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But the up side is, even atheist fans pray to God. Especially during playoff games.
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Yup, he's a very polarizing guy. What's enlightening is to examine the two poles, as shown beautifully by the comments at the Huffington Post, and here.
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