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Why the Tebow hate?

Does anyone else find the hating of Tim Tebow absurd...and maybe a sad commentary on our times?

The Denver quarterback is either loved or reviled...and the negative response is simply because he is an evangelical Christian who isn't afraid to express his faith. Putting his Christian faith aside, Tebow is a squeaky clean athlete....a positive role model...and a first-class person, as far as any of us know. But from the reaction of much of the American populace, you would think he had killed dogs, went to prison for a handgun violation, been convicted of multiple DUI's or been accused of sexual assault (oh wait, all of those things have been done by NFL players, and NFL fans can somehow overlook all that).

The main thing that bothers Tebow haters is his simple act of kneeling after a touchdown or a win and bowing his head. The entire act takes a mere few seconds...and knowing his faith, it is completely genuine. But it is criticized by those who think religious faith should be "private."

All right...let's get down to brass tacks. Do you recall anyone criticizing Ben Roethlisberger, after he throws a touchdown pass, raising his arms and looking to heaven as if to thank God for the beautiful spiral he threw?
And he isn't the only one to react that way. In fact, numerous quarterbacks, including Michael Vick, do that ritual that was started by Barry Bonds years ago after he hit a home run (another guy that I'm sure was sincere....he says, dripping with sarcasm). If Tebow's kneel is so offensive, I want to hear those critics also take on those who point to heaven and look skyward after some fine play. After all, religious expression should be private.

At least I know Tebow's moment of thanks for God's physical gifts he's been given is sincere.

Posted at 8:41am on January 10, 2012 by Big Don Voltz

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jan 16, 2012 12:53pm
As a Christian, I'm not offended by Tebow's kneeling, as we are called to give thanks at all times. How does Mr. Tebow act when the play doesn't go so well? Based on what you've written, he doesn't go into a anger fit, cuss, etc. From what you've written he does sound like he takes his faith seriously and that is wonderful and he being a good positive role model is so badly needed today.

I think the problem is our society has seen so many phoney's that they lump anyone who calls Christ their Lord as some sort of phoney, hypocrite, charleton, etc. They don't know how to act when the real deal shows up. If you've read my posts on Allan's blog, you'll see I'm not a big fan of public displays as I keep my faith prayers private. If Mr. Tebow, believes that the Lord has told him to do what he's doing, then he should definitely continue to do so, as it is far better to have mankind think badly of you while pleasing God that to NOT do what God has called you to do and displeasing the Creator of the Universe. Thanks for the insight about Mr. Tebow.

Apparently, Big Don, you know enough about Mr. Tebow to know he is sincere, thank you for sharing that observation. That will make seeing him do that on the football field a better experience for someone like me.

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 3:51pm
God bless you, Big Don, for standing up for a GOOD MAN!

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