Tim Tebow, Chick-fil-A & The Anti-Christian

I have always been amazed by the hatred that Tim Tebow has received over the life of his public athletic career.  When he was at the University of Florida many people couldn’t stand him and the fact that he proudly represented John 3:16 on his eye black, his famous speech “The Promise” the incident with blood running down his face and the list goes on and on.  I always liked Tebow in college, simply because of how he represented himself, although I didn’t particularly like his coach or the Florida Gators.

Now that Tim Tebow is in the NFL this Love/Hate condition is even larger and on a more national level.  In the City of Denver Tebow gets ripped by Anti-Christian groups on a regular basis.  Yet, he gets cheered on by thousands of fans that have made his Jersey one of the most purchased Jersey’s in the NFL.  Tim Tebow is more than a quarterback for the Denver Broncos, he’s an iconic figure that’s represents Christian, good and wholesome.

Tebow appears to have gotten used to the criticism and has never once backed down from outwardly sharing his faith, as matter of fact he boldly ends every interview with “God Bless!”  People in the media and NFL analysts are publicly concluding that the hatred of Tebow is primarily based upon his outward showing of his faith and religious beliefs.  Inside the NFL host “JB” James Brown asked his co-host Cris Collinsworth a question regarding how Time Tebow is treated and Collinsworth was straightforward about his thoughts.  Collinsworth said, “It’s unbelievable JB, that one of the best kids – pure kids that’s ever come into the NFL, is hated because of his faith, because of his mission work, because of the fact that he wears it on his sleeve…”

In Matthew 10 in the Bible, Jesus talks about people hating you because of Him.  I think Tebow not only understands that but lives with the understanding of Matthew 10:32-33 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

I recently experienced a similar Love/Hate relationship in regards to Chick-fil-A.  I was doing some consulting with one of my clients and I was using an analogy of Chick-fil-a with this room full of department leaders.  We had even discussed having lunch at Chick-fil-A, in order to observe and learn.  One of the leaders in the room was adamant about the fact that he didn’t want to go to Chick-fil-A and that he didn’t like them, their leadership, their Christian views and what they stand for.  It’s one thing to disagree with someone because of their views, however this hatred and dislike that comes from the Anti-Christian is superfluous.

No matter how much people hate on Tebow or Chick-fil-A for that matter, the bottom line is they win. After weeks of “Tebow” chanting fans in Denver, the 3rd string QB finally got his start yesterday against the Miami Dolphins.  He was back in Florida, somewhat of a homecoming and had both Miami and Denver fans cheering him on and his college coach Urban Meyer on the Miami sidelines.   Tebow started slow; however in the 4th quarter he led a very improbable comeback that only puts more fuel on the Love/Hate Tebow fire.  In his first start this year, Tebow rallied the Denver Broncos with two touchdown passes in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and Matt Prater ‘s 52-yard field goal gave them an 18-15 win Sunday over the stunned Miami Dolphins

For the Anti-Christian’s and those who hate Tebow exclusively because of his faith, I say get a grip.  Instead of always focusing on what you are against, take a play out of Tim Tebow’s playbook and focus on what you are for.  I’ll end this with a little wisdom and life perspective from a young NFL QB by the name of Tim Tebow who happens to be a man of faith,   “If someone asks, I’ll always be willing to share His will because I also know that there are a lot more important things than football and that is one of them. That ultimately overrides football any day of the week.”  

What do you think about the Love/Hate relationship with Tim Tebow and the Anti-Christian?  Why are so many people willing to loudly share what they are against and not so willing to do the same about what they are for?

  • Craig

    Great article. Kind of reminds me of all the boycotting Christians do to Disney World, Starbucks, etc…

    • Scott Williams

      Yep… It’s easy to say what you are against.

  • Well said. I love the guy and admire his grit.
    DVS

    • Scott Williams

      It’s funny, I kind of expected him to somehow pull out a win. 🙂

  • Like him or not…he is an in the trenches, make it happen leader. great post.

    • Scott Williams

      Thanks Sprad… totally agree.

  • Hmmm. I don’t know anything about Tebow but have been hearing rumblings about Chick Fil A lately. It’s not a restaurant I’ve been to, living in the midwest, so I googled it quick and it seems like they are reasonable. I am a Christian so not anti-Christian, but I am anti-hatred and you can’t deny that some Christians can be pretty hateful. It doesn’t appear to be the case with either of these examples.

    • Scott Williams

      You are exactly right and Chick-fil-A is amazing… there is a lot that we can learn from their leadership & business model.

  • People probably think Tebow is using his popularity as a QB in the NFL to “shove religion down their throats.” How upset would millions of Christians be if he was Muslim and praised Allah every time he was interviewed?

    • Scott Williams

      Great Question & Perspective… I would welcome it, at-least that’s what I say. 🙂

  • Andy Coticchio

    Great post! It is encouraging to see people and companies stand up for what they believe in, and do it in a way that shows their respect and love for others. I often feel that the world holds Christians to standards of behavior much higher than they hold others (and that is probably how we should be held, looking to who we hold as our master), but these arer examples that clearly live up to those standards.

    Which is most likely why the world hates them so much.

    • Scott Williams

      Amen & Amen

  • Awesome article, Scott. Thank you for writing this. Tebow may not be the best quarterback–yet, but he sure brings a lot of positive role mole for all of us. In addition, he brings a lot of spark to a team who is so ‘blah’ right now. Very admirable young man.

    • Scott Williams

      I agree, he is still developing and it’s great to see him embracing his role as a perceived role model. I definitely think he’s the future of the Broncos.

  • Great post, Scott. Someone above brought up the boycott of Disney. I think a lot of people dislike anyone/anything that stands out, sticks to its guns, and succeeds in the process. Just a thought.

    • Scott Williams

      I think you are right and Christian and stand out is a double whamey!

  • I love Tebow for his faith and the way that he lives his life. As mentioned in the first comment Christians are guilty of the same thing. Great stuff.

    • Scott Williams

      Thank you sir… it is a great reminder

  • People today don’t know what to do with people or companies who do what they do with character or integrity. I think it speaks volumes of both Tebow and Chick-fil-A that people hate them. In my mind, it means they must be doing something right. I mean, doesn’t Scripture tell us that we’ll be persecuted when we’re doing right (John 15:18-19)?

    • Scott Williams

      Yep… it’s funny how that works. 🙂

  • I am an American living in South Africa, but have watched Tim’s career obviously from a distance. It never ceases to amaze me that Tim has always taken a stand for Christ and been zapped by so many because of that, but the USA is the greatest democracy on planet earth enabling us to let our convictions to be worn on our sleeves including the right for people to stand up and take an alternative stand to Christianity and be public about it. I am so glad Denver won on Sunday (hard for me to say that as I come from Pittsburgh) because the outcry would have been quite severe against Tim if they lost.

    • Scott Williams

      Yes, that was a really important victory, because it gives the organization and the fans a glimpse at his potential.

  • I am a BIG fan of Tebow…great college football player and hopefully great pro football player as well. But overall great fighter for the Kingdom of God. When you get that much hate from doing good then you know something is right. Great post Scott!

    • Scott Williams

      You’re exactly right. Where have you been bro. Hadn’t heard from you in awhile

  • What do I think about this love/hate relationship that everyone has with T.Tebow & the Anti-Christian? It ticks me off (for him) to be honest.
    #1 because He is a fellow brother in the Faith who’s actually PUBLICLY Standing up for what he believes in and NOT backing down!!
    #2 people DO need to GET A GRIP ~ including US believers. While the Anti-Christian “stand Up” and “fight” for what they believe in, or NOT – WE need to take that SAME passion and Stance against the POWER of What WE HAVE, The Truth!!

    Yup.. it pretty much ticks me off!!

    I wonder how this world would Truly be if we would SHUT our traps from speaking NONSENSE & Start speaking POWER & LIFE in the lives of those we come in contact with – into the lives of those that we have even an ounce of influence over? hmmm..

    Gloria 🙂

    • Scott Williams

      Gloria… Tell us how you really feel! 🙂

  • Edgar H

    Great post Scott, I love to see strong brothers and sisters standing up for Christian beliefs. Why is it that every other group out there is proud to put out their beliefs(gays, racists, Muslims etc), but Christian beliefs are frowned upon? It’s time for the salt to become active and flavorful and proudly continue seasoning this ‘melting pot’ called the USA!! BTW, one small pet peeve, you used the word ‘atimate’ and I believe you meant adamant. Keep up the great blogs.

    • Scott Williams

      Totally agree… You have to stand for something, Tebow stands for winning. I think he has some special favor on his side.

      I was wondering why spellcheck was telling me that was wrong, sometimes I like to do my own thing. I think atimate must be the slang version of adamant. Thanks. It’s changed! lol

  • Dee Benson

    I can’t imagine the reaction in the business world if the hatred was communicated toward another religious group! It simply wouldn’t be tolerated. HR would be contacted immediately!Also, I think you meant to use the word adamant not atimate. I’m a teacher. 🙂

    • Scott Williams

      Excellent point about the business world, there would be a discrimination lawsuit as big as Texas. I appreciate you and Edgar on the spell checking. 🙂

  • Tim

    Good post Scott and wow, what an interesting experience regarding the Chick-Fil-A illustration at your consult.

    Like many, I’m cheering for Tebow but as I mentioned in my post today, I think we as fellow Christians need to be careful that we don’t prop him up as a symbol in the culture war and saddle him with expectations that people are not meant for.

  • someone said that if u make it ur vocation to please everybody you’ll end up pleasing no one…for us Christians let as all please God…i think ill use Chick-Fil-A story for our YP fellowship…

  • i dont hate tebow. i hate that he is a b-level qb, and its all anyone talks about. as for Chick fil a, I think they should be ashamed for pushing THEIR moral agenda on others. If you are a person of faith, good for you. if you have a certain set of values, good for you, but dont assume that anyone who doe not share your views is wrong, and needs to be turned to you view. shame.

  • 8ewkc84

    hilarious article. I’m not even Christian and I like Chick Fil A. Also funny how so many people hate Tebow so much. Again, as a non-Christian I simply don’t get it. He hasn’t killed dogs like Michael Vick and yet people have more or less forgiven him. And what has Tim Tebow ever done to encourage such hatred

  • Thethghost

    Why
    does Chick-fil-A take Anti-GOD stance on smoking? Thousands of
    Angelic creatures are suffering at the hands of anti-smoking laws! We
    know all Angles are smokers! Everyone who has a Personal relationship
    with GOD knows this and yet! Here I am entrusted buy our Lord and
    savior Jesus Christ with the care of 14,000 Angelic beings!
    Constantly asking me to find a place where they can serve GOD and
    still retain the ability to visit heaven! GOD tells us in the Bible
    that even self labeled Christians will turn against him before the
    last day! I am truly saddened that one of God’s last strongholds has
    been penetrated by satanic forces pushing forwards with an Angelic
    free agenda forcing Angelic beings into a corner! While Non Angelic
    beings have the option to be smoke free. Johnson and Jonson and other
    satanic formed companies have deceived great numbers into Ignoring G
    OD’s Word and creating a world were Only Jesus can come and wipe out
    those of you whom continue to attack the very creatures that stand
    between Lucifer and our souls! May GOD have mercy on the souls of
    those whom support this

    anti-smoking world where
    Angels are no longer welcome! THGhost “G OD’s Greatest Ally”

     

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