Excellent article by Paula Bolyard at PJMedia about why liberals hate Tim Tebow:
The truth is, many of these Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God — Tebow is just a convenient conduit for their anger. When they see Tebow unashamedly discussing his faith, praying — Tebowing — on the sidelines of a football game, or hear about him preaching in a church, it makes them confront the fact that they are not right with God. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” described it this way:
The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.(John 3:19-21, ESV).
When a certain segment of the American culture sees Tim Tebow, they get angry at him because they hate the light — they hate God, and more specifically, they hate Jesus Christ. It seems counterintuitive that vocal atheists would hate someone they believe does not exist, but spend time reading the comments thread of any blog post that mentions God or Jesus or Christianity and you’ll see the virulent hatred directed toward something they allegedly don’t believe exists.
Paul tells the Romans that men suppress God’s truth by their unrighteousness. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).
We are all born with a conscience and an innate ability to understand God at a basic level — to know that he exists and we are accountable to Him. Some, despising God (and his laws and requirements), ignore — and even suppress — that truth.
Aldous Huxley, the brother of the atheistic evolutionist Sir Julian Huxley, gave the reason for his anti-Christian stance:
I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning … the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.
For many, it’s easier to attack Tim Tebow than it is to confront the fact that they are living apart from God. They understand that turning to God would mean giving up their right to live however they please and instead submitting to God’s will and desires.
Read it all, it is worth it.
The people who report on the NFL have never had a problem with athletes pointing to the sky and professing thanks to God after a big play on the field and then going out and proving the stereotypes of NFL players – having illegitimate children, getting popped for drugs and/or gun infractions, getting arrested for DUIs and wrapping a sports car around a tree or even being arrested for domestic violence. One supposes that they have no problem with it because the off the field behaviors by some of the athletes validate that those professions of faith are just window dressing, casual comments just like the “have a nice day” comment mentioned earlier. They consider that approach safe because it isn’t a real profession of faith, it is just something that we say a casual comment – it has no real meaning, nothing to worry about…until Tebow came along.
Now they have a problem with a star athlete dropping to one knee and saying a prayer of thanks in the end zone. Nothing flashy, no grandstanding, just a simple prayer.
The Tebow situation illustrates how we have become a culture opposed to the very things that built it, that we have reached a point where some seek to tear down the very type of person who should be celebrated as a role model – a good, ethical man who lives his life by a code that our debased culture sees as an anathema, a challenge to its Sodomite beliefs and its celebration of human achievement over that of the spiritual.
The NFL is often compared to the gladiatorial contests of ancient Rome and there are real similarities. The speed and finesse of the plays, the skill and raw physicality of the players, the uniqueness of actually making the teams – all are celebrated achievements. We laud our modern gladiators with multi-million dollar contracts and endorsement deals. The League uses gladiatorial imagery in its advertisements and we respond to them. We cheer at a particularly hard hit or a well executed play. It is our bloodsport.
It appears that our culture has actually turned into the bread and circus culture of Emperor Caligula after all. Apparently it has become fashionable to feed modern day Christians to the lions (in this case their contemporary substitutes – the sports media establishment).
What the NFL establishment has to conceptualize is a man who says things that he actually believes and orders his life and priorities in that fashion. They are having a hard time getting their collective minds around that concept and it almost seems that they are rooting for this “too good to be true” person to fail just so that they can give a hearty “see, we told you so” to America. I hope (and pray) that they never get that chance.