Re: Tebow Calls on a higher power to defeat Jets
posted at 11/21/2011 12:59 PM EST
In Response to Re: Tebow Calls on a higher power to defeat Jets
[QUOTE]How Tebow uses religion as part of his persona and attributes this belief as the reason for his success is his business. If one considers him mentioning this in an interview as putting his belief into our face, well, I think you have more serious issues to allow that to bother you. It is not like he is proclaiming you MUST believe like he does and if you do not you will be damned as we sometimes get from "born again" zealots.
It is the media and the fan base who have made this mole hill grow into a mountain. There are numerous NFL players who give praise to a higher power for their success, but, it seems Tebow is being raked over the coals for it, to some degree.
Posted by agcsbill[/QUOTE]
Though he hasn't said this in post game interviews, he does say this exact thing when talking to groups of people during missionary service. I've seen video of him speaking to a group of children and he said something like ..."or you're going to burn in"... you know where.
Personally, I think well of him and admire his seeming desire to be a thoughtful and caring and an active person. However, this aspect of doing it all because of the fear of damnation and the want of being accepted into a country club in the sky where only the members belong is unfortunate. It's conditional and divisive, and it's reflective of our worldly habits that insist upon others to be like us first before we feel connected to them. As opposed to caring for and respecting others despite the differences between. It's fundamentally flawed on a human level, spiritual level,.. whatever you want to call it. And it turns gods love into something less than the love many of us receive from our parents, which is not conditionalized and is given for no reason at all.
To your other point, it seems that many Christians are relishing the thought that Tebow is being raked over the coals for it, (persecution/perceived persecution makes for a great rallying call) and the league is cashing in on it. And the media is playing their own twisted role in the process.