It wasn’t enough that Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy. It hasn’t been enough that Tim Tebow led a 1-4 record team, the 2011 Denver Broncos, to the AFC playoffs. Apparently, many on the left have little good to say about Tim Tebow. Bill Maher’s rant after the Bronco’s loss on Christmas Eve is one case in point, but not the only one. So what’s the problem? He was a great football player before he got to the pros and he’s still a great football player now, as evidenced by the Broncos winning season.
These are the top reasons the left hates Tebow:
Which brings us back to religion. With Tebow there’s no getting away from it. He uses the microphones thrust in front of him to mention his personal savior, Jesus Christ, and has said that heaven is reserved for devout Christians.
A lot of people don’t want to hear about “it”, it being Christ. They don’t want to be held to a higher standard, or even any standard at all. They’re afraid they won’t measure up.
3. Because he lives his Christian beliefs. This relates to #4. Tebow’s Foundation supports an orphanage in the Philippines, where his parents have been missionaries, the W15H Foundation which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, the CURE Foundation which helps poor children with treatable diseases, and Timmy’s Playrooms, which puts playrooms for children in hospitals. He evangelizes not just in word, but in deed. Those on the Left who make a habit of dissing Tebow don’t want to make changes in their own lives, despite the fact that they and everyone else are all supposed to “hope” for “change”. Not that the Left has ever been honest about what “change” entails.
2. Because the Left reveal themselves to be the intolerant bigots that they are. Because the only absolute truth that such people believe in, is that there is no absolute truth. Therefore, anyone who believes in Truth has got to go – or at the least have their reputation destroyed. Whatever doesn’t jive with the Left’s worldview must be destroyed.
This is all well and good, but I think there is one reason above all others why the Left loves to hate Tebow.
1. Because Tebow forces those who are post-abortion to think what might have been. Whether that be a father who paid for a mother’s abortion, a mother who aborted her own child, or the sibling of an aborted child. Abortion has been legal in this country for nearly forty years and its terrible legacy has touched nearly everyone’s life. If you haven’t had an abortion, then you know someone who has. Students who might have been are missing in every classroom. The issue of abortion has deeply divided our nation – and our families. It has caused untold pain to countless lives, not only to those immediately involved in abortion, but to extended families who are missing grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tebow’s personal story is compelling. He could have been aborted. Doctors told his mother to abort him because he wasn’t supposed to live. God obviously had other plans. Tebow’s history forces many – whether liberal or conservative – to confront their own post-abortive history. Tebow’s very existence forces many to wonder what their child might have been like, if only they had allowed him or her to live. And more often than not, without even the excuse of debilitating disabilities that Pam Tebow had received from her doctors. That is something that they just can’t think about, can’t confront. It’s too painful, too dangerous.
This, I think, is the real reason that the Left loves to hate Tim Tebow. It is a form of cowardice. But it is also a rejection of the Truth. The truth that our bodies live out every day, as well as the truth that God reveals to us. And that is why so many pundits, including this one who thought Tebow would be playing his last game today, have been so wrong about Tim Tebow.
When the Bronco’s play the 49ers in the Superbowl, I’ll be wearing a 49ers shirt. But the back of my shirt will read “GB2: JN 3:16″.