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Dear Tim Tebow

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Dear Tim Tebow,

Congratulations on all of your recent success. You have the Denver Broncos on a five game winning streak. You’ve been clutch in the fourth quarters of games, not to mention your leading the team to an improbable overtime victory against the Chicago Bears last week. You have silenced the critics who doubted your unorthodox throwing motion with your rushing ability, leadership, and late-game decision-making. You’re twenty-four years old and a millionaire. Things seem pretty terrific.

Aside from your football career, your most prominent attribute is your Christianity. It is a big deal to people. You sign your tweets GB2 (God Bless and Go Broncos). Like it or not, you are the most famous public proponent of virginity since Britney Spears. During interviews you discuss Jesus in a tender, eloquent way. In fact, when people claim you talk too much about Jesus, you talk about Jesus more. In an interview on ESPN First Take, you said this:

“If you’re married and you have a wife and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ on the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? That’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

That’s a really sincere and faithful answer. Faithful with a little ‘f’ (as in fidelity) to defend your big ‘F’ Faith. You really walk the walk. I’ve never heard any stories about your being a secret sex fiend or a closet jerk. You always seem grateful for your opportunities and fans. At 24 years old, you have your own charity whose mission statement is: “Bringing faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” Maybe some people think it’s too missionary-y, but one of the projects that the charity works with is building a children’s hospital in the Philippines. It’s nice to hear about. If only every religious person could allow their Faith to fuel such generosity.

You’ve also never hesitated to take controversial stances as a result of your Christianity. In 2010, you appeared in an advertisement for conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, in which you spoke out against abortion. The commercial aired during the Super Bowl to millions of people. Now, I disagree with that stance, but I know I won’t change your mind about it. I’m not trying to.

Given your outspoken nature and willingness to say unpopular things, I’d like to make a humble request. You seem like a person who is interested in following the word of God in a way that benefits humans on Earth. That is very noble. I admire it. But if you’re willing to arouse the ire of pro-choice advocates by coming out against abortion, then certainly your support for love, compassion, and family must extend to same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage is a divisive issue, as you know. I can talk about it until I am blue in the face, but I will only reach a limited audience of mostly like-minded people. You have legion supporters who probably disagree with me on the principle that I am a largely secular Jewish person who is pro-choice. It is precisely because we disagree on these issues that your support for marriage equality is so important. It does not defy Christian ideals for two loving people to marry and raise a family. In fact, it upholds the very messages that you preach day in and day out. The voices of morally upright Christians (as opposed to morally upright Jews, Muslims, and atheists) are essential in bringing the message of love and equality to those who have never heard it from someone they look up to.

Please, Tim Tebow, support marriage equality. You don’t have to do it during a press conference about a fourth quarter comeback. That’s the time to talk about football. But next time someone asks you, (and they will, because people care what you think) please do the Christian thing and speak out for equality.

And if that seems like too much for a first step, can you give a shout out to evolution? That’d be a heck of a start.

Sincerely,

Josh Gondelman TC mark

Image – Jeffrey Beall

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    • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

      I’d bang the Jesus love right out of him.

    • https://twitter.com/iamthepuddles Jordana Bevan

      I’m Rick Perry.

    • Brian May

      *Six game winning streak.

      • just a thought

        god must really hate the Colts, huh?

    • http://twitter.com/toddhennen Todd

      Love this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

      um are you tebowing yet? 

    • Elis

       Wow. I myself am a Christian and agree with the stances Tebow has taken. I disagree with you on marriage equality. I’m not speaking for a ‘religion’, definitely not, but I do know what God’s Word says is right and wrong, that is the final authority and Christian ideals are often far from it. I am not fighting with you. I really respect how you wrote this: objectively opinionated. So thank you.  

    • Sun_shine1028

      Tebow could support same sex marriage no more than he could support promiscuity or theft.  It does go against Christian ideals, contrary to what you said.  However, I’m confident that he will not promote gay-bashing or hate.  It is possible to love people despite their choices without agreeing with what they do, and I’m sure he’ll continue to do that.

      • Guest

        You compared same sex marriage to promiscuity and theft…




        … And btw, this essay is a satire, poking fun at narrow minded religious maniacs: “And if that seems like too much for a first step, can you give a shout out to evolution? That’d be a heck of a start.”

    • mr234508

      How is supporting gay marriage the “Christian” thing to do.  The bible blatantly speaks out against homosexuality.  There is no way in hell Tebow would support it.  Not saying I’m against it, since I’m an atheist and disagree with most of what the bible says, but “equality” is not really a Christian virtue, (women are treated as property in the bible, people of other religions are killed, etc.)

    • Dthomas94

      I’m not sure you actually understand that the Bible explicitly condemns homosexuality as a sin. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t legalize it. There is a common argument that we shouldn’t make other sins illegal. However, it is important to remember what marriage is: a pre-political social institution that has never been defined by laws (until now). So, I’m not sure where that leaves us. It’s a difficult issue for Christians and non-Christians to deal with rationally. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/larryfiehn Larry Fiehn

        A “true-believer” Christian (or Jew or Muslim) cannot make rational decisions on matters like this because they are deluded by their “faith”.

        • Dthomas94

          You see, I said Christians and non-Christians, which encompasses those with and without faith. A Christian is no more “deluded” than an atheist because both are holding true to doctrines which have been subjectively revealed in their lives. It’s not delusion.  

        • Eva Bulgakova

          What about agnostics–are they also holding true to their doctrines? 

        • Dthomas94

          No, they both hold doctrines. Denying the bible and believing in “science” is holding to a doctrine. Believing the bible and denying “science” is also holding to a doctrine. So, for the second time, not delusion. And, in case you wanted to dispute that:

          doc-trine: noun. a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject

          Also, delusion is an equivocal term here because it conflicts with both opinions:

          delusion: to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive

          Also:

          “‘There is a common argument that we should make other sins illegal.’ Ummm, what about separation of church and state? What does your religion have to do with the law? Marriage is a legal contract as far as the government is concerned…The US government is not affiliated with ANY religion (I’m sorry Christians–I know this is hard to take in,) therefore, there is no justification in denying gay people their legal rights…”

          What I ACTUALLY wrote was this:
          “There is a common argument that we shouldn’t make other sins illegal”
          Read again. SHOULDN’T, not SHOULD. Not only did you take my writing out of context, but you completely misquoted the key word of the sentence. I enjoy the discussion, but next time read what I actually wrote. It makes it easier for both of us.

        • http://minxesofmilan.tumblr.com/ Eva Bulgakova

          well, what I ACTUALLY wrote was that I AGREE with you on them both holding doctrines: 
          “Although, I see where you are coming from in terms of them both holding doctrines.”
          (I won’t be so rude as to tell you to read again though–I’m just gonna hope common sense will take on that role.) 

          Also:
           
          I am truly sorry for misquoting you. However, my comment is still relevant. You wrote that you aren’t sure where that leaves us. Thus, I took it upon myself to remind people its not up to a Christian’s religious moral compass to guide us in the right direction (And thank God! —Oh the irony.) That task lies in the hands of the government!!! Wohooo!

        • Dthomas94

          You’re right. In the USA, it is not up to a Christian’s religious moral compass to guide us in the “right” direction. It is up to the people. We don’t live in a theocracy. In a democracy, it is the people that make decisions, whether they be Christians, Muslims, Jews, “scientists”, or “rationalists”. And Wall Street, of course…

        • Bulgakova_eva

          I’m glad we agree, it’s a big pet peeve of mine when people think that America is a Christian nation, and this thus justifies the denial of gay people’s rights in terms of marriage (not implying that you were under the impression of said affiliation.) It just bothers me that there are so many people out there who use the Bible to explain why we shouldn’t grant everyone the right to marry. It’s fine with me that some people think marriage should be between a man and a woman, but this ideology should be reserved for the Church and not forced on everyone. I mean, if there is truly religious freedom in the US then why do conservative values prohibit the rights of people who are of a different religious background (or not religious at all.)

        • Eva B

          Oops my phone wouldn’t let me post this as myself; still me!

      • Blooper

        Exactly

      • Eva Bulgakova

        “There is a common argument that we should make other sins illegal.” Ummm, what about separation of church and state? What does your religion have to do with the law? Marriage is a legal contract as far as the government is concerned…The US government is not affiliated with ANY religion (I’m sorry Christians–I know this is hard to take in), therefore, there is no justification in denying gay people their legal rights… 

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