Great article at NRO about the backlash toward Tim Tebow’s displays of faith during games.
With very few exceptions — Mariano Rivera comes to mind, as well as Curt Schilling, and post-“Prime Time” Deion Sanders — athletes’ professions of faith strike most believers, nonbelievers, and agnostics alike as empty ritual, an extended solipsism in which big men with bigger egos congratulate themselves for having God on their side.
Somehow that doesn’t seem to be the case with Tebow, and to be fair, I’ve made plenty of cracks about him over the years, all while he continued to win games, emblazoning his name on the NCAA record books with amazing ease and humbleness.
Foster’s article does justice to Tim Tebow, and manages to make me more than a little ashamed of myself for joining the choir shouting down from the maenianum secundum; it makes me inspect my own values.
By contrast, Tebow is the last Boy Scout. A leader on the field and off who spent his college years not indulging in any of the worldly pleasures afforded to Heisman Trophy winners, but doing missionary work in Thailand; helping overworked doctors perform circumcisions in the Philippines (you read that right); and preaching at schools, churches, and even prisons.
Perhaps that explains the reaction to Tebow’s religiosity…it slaps us all in the face with the fact that we should all be more like him, and less like ourselves. However being like Tim Tebow takes dedication and hard work, tearing him down to our level is far easier, and not as demanding an endeavor for those of us whose energies are otherwise directed at the more “meaningful” tasks of tweeting and facebook “poking”.
In these times we live in, when the leader of the free world finds common ground to stand in solidarity with entitlement syndrome-driven public defecators, it is little wonder that we shun those among us who remind us of our vast imperfections.
I fervently hope that Foster is incorrect however, I hope that there are more Boy Scouts out there, and that soon they’ll take Tebow’s lead.
We could sure use a little more Scout’s Honor, and a whole lot less OWS entitlement syndrome in this world we live in.