Well, I tossed out a post on Tuesday that I hoped would generate some discussion on the recent issue of Tim Tebow deciding not to speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Since my massive flock of readers and followers chose not to offer their thoughts (save for a few tweets), I’ll just offer my thoughts on the video from the AFA interview with Todd Starnes concerning the Great Tebow Crisis of 2013. http://www.afa.net/Radio/show.aspx?id=2147491263&tab=video&video=2147532759
Going back to my days one the air with ESPN Spartanburg, some might think that I’m going to throw out some Teb0w-hate. On the contrary, this issue is much more about the churches involved, Christian media, and Tebow-maniacs. Turns out that they (or we?) might have the problem.
Starnes says that “thousands of dollars” were involved – I have a huge issue with thousands of dollars being paid to anyone to come and speak for a one-time event. I have no problem with Tebow (or any speaker) being compensated for their expenses, or even for their time. But I do have a problem that churches feel the need to offer thousands of dollars in the hopes that this will some how ramp up the meaning or spirituality of their event.
Starnes dismisses Tebow’s actions as “bad advice” – Okay, can we please drop the “babe in the woods” routine with Tebow? People admire his strength and maturity on the one hand, then excuse him as a naïve little boy when he does something they don’t like.
This was Tebow’s decision, pure and simple. He made it because it was best for him, and in the long run may be best for his ministry.
Starnes says that Tebow made a bad decision – Actually, Tebow’s bad decision came when he agreed to go to Dallas in the first place. As much as I’ve criticized him as a QB and disagree with some of his religious stances/approaches/beliefs, Tebow has worked extremely hard to help people around the world. Perhaps going to a church with a reputation for building huge, pretty fountains didn’t exactly fit in with his call to help orphans in the Philippines. http://www.firstdallas.org/article/new-fountain-animation/
AFA says that we should “feel sorry” for First Baptist Dallas – Pardon me if I’m unwilling to feel sorry for a church that is in the middle of a 123 million dollar building campaign. (That’s $123,000,000). Not to mention that Pastor Robert Jeffress has resorted to name-calling in response to Tebow’s decision. http://fbcjaxwatchdog.blogspot.com/2013/02/jeffress-opens-can-on-tebow-says-tebow.html
Starnes is SHOCKED at the reaction of Tebow fans to the criticism – Why? You were among them not so long ago. You helped to create the beast of “Tebow-Mania” in your churches and youth groups.
You railed against anyone in the media that dared to criticize him. You—as in the Christian media, pastors, etc—taught people to worship Tim Tebow instead of the God that he serves.
In fact, two people actually said that I should be fired as a youth minister because I said on the radio that Tebow couldn’t play quarterback. Funny how quickly the tables turn…
AFA says that Tebow made a gutless decision – On the contrary, this was a very courageous decision. The ones who are gutless are those who built him up when he served their purposes, then threw him under the bus at the first disagreement. It is staggering the way that Tebow has been attacked by the very people who held him up as a media martyr not so long ago.
AFA indicates that anyone who disagrees with Robert Jeffress has sold out to the homosexual agenda, including Tebow – I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has accused me of this.
Like many Christians, Tebow wants the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Maybe he thinks that telling an entire segment of society how awful, terrible and scary they are is not the best way to open doors to witnessing.
Some Christians still believe that it’s not only what you say, but how you say it. And this does not make them sellouts, it makes them wise.
Okay, that’s not 27 things, but it’s a pretty hefty list. It doesn’t even address the scathing diatribe that Robert Jeffress delivered this past Sunday in reference to Tebow’s actions.
It’s also a good example of what happens when we build up one person beyond their capabilities as a human being. Worse yet, it demonstrates how the power brokers among evangelicals and pastors will turn on someone who doesn’t go along with them. No matter what you think of Tim Tebow, that kind of hubris is to be avoided and feared, not cheered.
For the record, I still think that Tim Tebow is a good guy, great football player, less-than-mediocre quarterback, and a Christian of strong conviction. Hopefully, this little mess will help him get away from the cheering sections and media frenzy, so that he can get back to doing the kind of work he is called to do. http://cure.org/timtebow?gclid=CPjMgvbn9q0CFQlnhwodGk-cuQ