As of this past weekend, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is again the hot topic of conversation among the so-called experts of professional football. Tim led his team in a playoff win over the Pittsburg Steelers in a game few prognosticators expected his team to win. There seems to be such strong resentment toward him. Why? Well, many believe it is because his mother was advised to abort her pregnancy before Tim was born. She and her husband were missionaries serving in the Philippines and she contracted amoebic dysentery. Doctors urged her to abort the baby (Tim) for her own safety and told her the medicines she had been given for the amoebic dysentery had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused and cited her Christian faith as the reason she believed her baby would be born healthy. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband, “If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher.” Her baby was born healthy in 1987. Today, when he’s not quarterbacking an NFL football team, he preaches, makes hospital visits, serves in his father’s ministry in the Philippines, works with a foundation he set up to care for orphans, and makes no secret of the fact he is a virgin and will remain so until he is married.
George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. said, “…he (Tim Tebow) draws hatred because he is an unabashed Christian.” Rev. Ryan Gold, of the New Covenant Community Church in Denver said, “Obviously, …it strictly has to do with his vocal stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ…”
I would add that the fact that he is a great professional athlete playing at the highest level makes him a powerful figure in the ongoing debate over abortion. How many Tim Tebows might there be today had Roe v. Wade never become the law of the land? So the next time you hear someone going off on Tim Tebow, remember what he represents to them. Life. May God have mercy on this nation.
(“Unclean,” AFA Journal, January 2012, p. 12)