Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saint Tim

Along with this whole Christmas thingy there is the other American religion, NFL football. Even if you avoid watching football for the most part, the devotion and reverence of fans is something to behold. The television production values for the NFL are arguably the most sophisticated of any program. It's only a matter of time before we see a football in a manger.

Now, football is permitted as a quasi-religion, but football players may be criticized for being too religious. Take Tim Tebow, the rookie quarterback for the resurgent Denver Broncos. Tebow is the best worst QB this year, a guy who just doesn't throw like a big-leaguer, and just has an ugly style. But he has scrambled and scratched and inspired his team to the top of the division after assuming the pivot role.


Tebow is also an evangelical Christian -- well, a fundamentalist Christian. He has publicly spoken for Focus on the Family, an organization I have no time for, and is generally extremely conservative in his religious expression. He has probably undergone more analysis for his religious convictions than for his style of play, although he has been scorned for both. Why, there is Tim charicatured as Jesus in the image above.


Tebow has also received some unlikely support. Comedian Bill Cosby, of all people, has spoken in his defense. I do wonder why some feel Tebow should keep his trap shut. I don't agree with his perspective on Christianity, but does that mean he should be silenced or mocked? And I see that many mainline churches, such as ours, are disappearing like the Cheshire Cat. We decided a few decades ago that we would eliminate dirty words such as evangelism from our vocabulary and now we are reaping what we sowed. We aren't exactly shining examples of "keeping the faith."


Are celebrities free to share their ideas and convictions, or should they "shut up and play?" What is reasonable witness on the part of any individual in a pluralistic society? Do you wonder how a guy who passes for about a hundred yards per game manages to keep on winning?

4 comments:

Jonathan said...

Being a devout Broncos fan myself I am thankful for Tim's arm. His faith on the other hand bothers me somewhat. I dont feel that he should shut up and play though. Everyone with an internet connection can say what they want now. Why should celebrities be held to a higher standard? As long as he doesnt start gay bashing or throwing bricks at abortion clinics I'm fine with him saying what he pleases about issues he feels strongly about.

lionlamb said...

Thanks Jonathan. Hey, Tebow pulled off another come-from-behind victory Sunday. Divine intervention?

Kathy said...

Boy this is a tough one. Here's my take, but I'm not proud of it: I guess I approve when it's a celebrity who says things I agree with, but don't enjoy someone using their celebrity influence when I don't share their views or think their views will promote bad outcomes.......

lionlamb said...

I am inclined to agree Kathy. I too appreciate it when celebs support causes I'm passionate about, only to wonder what qualifies others when they offer opinions I don't support!