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Tim Tebow should be celebrated and not persecuted

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

By Ron Schott/The Vandalia Leader

By now, everybody’s heard the phrase, “Tebowing.”
To give thanks to God, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow  kneels down on one knee to pray during games typically after a scoring play. This is what Tebowing.com calls “Tebowing.”
Unfortunately his way he chooses to thank God in a public forum is being mocked all over the world when they get on one knee and say their “Tebowing.”
I don’t like the description of a man praying as “Tebowing” and seeing folks do this with no intention of talking to God is just making fun of a man who is trying to do things the “right” way.
Tebow is a man who likes to take time to pray to God and give thanks for the gifts God has blessed him with. What’s wrong with that? In a sport where there are gun toting thugs, drug addicts, dog fighters, and men who are committing adultery and beating their wives, I would think most people would welcome a story about a guy trying to be the best role model they can be for young and old fans alike.
Instead, critics have made it a top story on nightly news and sports shows criticizing him for his unorthodox quarterback style and for his open expression of his faith. In response to former Broncos’ quarterback Jake Plummer’s recent criticism, Tebow told USA Today just why he makes the references to Jesus Christ.
He said “if you’re married and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? My relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. So any time I get an opportunity to tell Him that I love Him or given an opportunity to shout Him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity. And so I look at it as a relationship that I have with Him that I want to give Him the honor and glory anytime I have the opportunity.”
I don’t think there’s any more I can add to that… Tim Tebow is a guy we should want our kids to become fans of and they, as well as all of us, can learn a lot from his example.