Let’s Keep The Free Market of Ideas…Free
It is with significant reservation that I enter the fray concerning the outspoken and unconventional quarterback that has stirred up the NFL this year. Mr. Tebow offers a different skillset that most professional quarterbacks and many would like to dismiss him for it but he has proven an uncanny ability to be able to do something that is a valuable commodity in sports…be clutch. In the waning moments of a game when all seems lost he maintains vision and hope and has the rare ability of elevating his teammates around him and simply ‘believing,’ as has become their mantra.
However that’s not the only thing that makes him a polarizing figure. Tim is also incredibly outspoken about where the credit, or ‘glory’ belongs for his success. He doesn’t mix words or metaphors; he doesn’t promote himself but rather Jesus Christ. Even in watching the reaction of those around me that are not followers of Jesus when they hear him say those words there is a little internal wince you can detect in their spirit. It’s as though the stereotypes concerning him are only intensified by this ‘ignorant absolutist faith.’
Through the six game win streak leading up to last Sunday the commentary stayed in bounds, at least in mainstream media circles, if anything they created a bubble of Tebow coverage. With the loss to the Patriots on Sunday the coverage has changed, and the anger towards his outspoken faith has taken center stage. The arguments are trivial and ignorant, the tone is angry and repressed and the underlying reality of disgust for someone who doesn’t shamelessly self-promote is palpable.
Even though this coverage isn’t something I love I don’t want it to stop. We live in a world, and a country in particular where ideas can be shared, no matter how ridiculous we think they are. And the great part about that is that in a free marketplace of ideas…truth wins. If people are willing to engage in the truth and not simply conjecture they will see through the veneer of the world and its vanity.
If you’re a not a Christian…then this discussion should be one you take very seriously because the cold reality of a dark world is that somebody is right and somebody is wrong. Regardless of what nonsense is being peddled at the highest levels of academia this stuff matters. Isn’t it interesting that those who are leaving women they’ve had kids with, committing violent acts of crime and doing universally condemnable activity are being given a pass and people that violate this ‘standard’ in favor of a person named Jesus face the vitriol. You might not think that Jesus is God or the Bible is true but what is your authority? I can tell you for a fact that if it resides in you…you are terribly wrong. The concept of a standard is something that holds up under scrutiny and can be relied on, none of us fit that description and God knows it. That’s why He sent His Son to fulfill the perfect standard for us and offer a relationship by grace, through faith that transcends all human systems and gives hope for eternity. ßThat’s the Gospel, you should believe it and if you don’t I’d love to hear why.
If you’re a Christian…then this should motivate you. As we head into the holidays you will probably be around family and friends that don’t know Jesus and the Bible says we should “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pt.3:15).” What a better opportunity to share than through a simple question like, “what do you think of Tebow?” The Bible is clear that it doesn’t matter how much culture wants us to accept the ‘civilized’ behavior of keeping our faith to ourselves we have to consider this, “…how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Rm.10:14)” You might not be the preacher at your church but you should be in the landscape of family, friends, coworkers and culture at large. Tim Tebow has stepped into the spotlight and taken all this heat but we are all designed to be the light in this world (Matt.5:14) and to shine for Christ even when it hurts (2 Tim.3:12).