In a post earlier today, Tom King commented on the Tebow situation. He asked, “How do you solve a problem like Tim Tebow?”
Tom got rather exercised over the way the public and the media are reacting to what Tom considers a fairly benign act of reverence on the part of the Bronco quarterback.
I responded to Tom’s question, saying:
He can do whatever he wants.
But to suppose any athlete bows down so that his/her god knows he/she is showing respect is an absurdity. The god should be able to know that kind of thing if the athlete simply thinks it...even for a millisecond.
The bowing down is not for any god...it is for the people in the stands and the people watching on television. And the people in the stands and the people watching on television have just as much right to comment on the action as Tebow has to do his kneeling.
I did not put Tebow down—I acknowledged his right to kneel or pray or whatever—but I suggested that the all-knowing god did not need the kneeling in order to know that Tebow was grateful for whatever. I also suggested that it is more logical to suppose the “theatrics” are for the fans in the stands and in the television audience.
I understand the discomfort some Christians may have at the comments being made about Tebow’s behavior, but just as he has a right to kneel and pray if he chooses, the people who see it as “theatrical" (as I put it) or “hypocrisy" (as others have called it) have an equal right to voice that opinion.
Matthew 6:5 quotes Jesus as saying: “When you are praying, do not behave like the hypocrites who love to stand and pray in synagogues or on street corners in order to be noticed. I give you my word, they are already repaid. WHENEVER YOU PRAY, GO TO YOUR ROOM, CLOSE YOUR DOOR, AND PRAY TO YOUR FATHER IN PRIVATE...."
In effect, Jesus is calling this kind of thing hypocrisy. Seems Christians ought to have as much respect for Jesus as for Tebow.
Comments here will be welcome...and I am sure comments over in Tom's thread will be also.