Recently, Jake Plummer, former Broncos QB was asked his thoughts on Tim Tebow. You can read the article here. Here is an excerpt of his comments:
“Tebow — regardless of whether I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates — I think he’s a winner, and I respect that about him. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I’ll like him a little better…I don’t hate him because of that; I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff. … Like, you know, I understand dude where you’re coming from.”
Ignoring the obvious irrelevancy of Plummer’s opinion entirely, let’s see if what he says even makes sense. Summarizing Plummer’s statements, it is fair to say that he doesn’t want to hear over and over again about Jesus Christ – but he makes it clear that he doesn’t want anyone to think he has a problem with Jesus. Is this true? Here’s a “what if” for you:
Imagine after every game that Tebow wins, Tim decides he is going to make mention of Jake Plummer. He wants everyone watching to know how much Plummer helped him learn the game of football, how he looked up to him as a young athlete and how thankful he is that Plummer led the way in Denver for guys like Tebow.
Do you seriously think Plummer would have a problem with that? Do you think Jake the Snake would be saying, “Look, we understand Tim that you appreciate me. Let it go and stop talking about me.”
Of course not! The problem is that Plummer, like most people, doesn’t like to hear about Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ makes people uncomfortable who are living in their sin. Jesus Christ is a name which forces people to make a decision to love their sin or turn from it and love Him. And there is no other name under whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Dear Christian – do not be deceived. When evil men tell you that they respect your belief in Christ, but would prefer not to hear it “all the time” realize that they are deceiving even themselves. They would not mind if you wanted to applaud their works, any more than they would mind if you used their name as a curse word all the time. Do not also fall into the trap that men who do not adore Christ being proclaimed are regenerate. Fuzzy and clever rhetoric will abound with reasons why – but the underlying theme is always the same. Men want to magnify themselves and other men and not God.
Jake Plummer’s opinion doesn’t matter because it is wrong. It is an effort to de-magnify Christ. Tim Tebow may not do everything right (neither do you, by the way, dear reader), but in a league that has had hundreds of men profess to be Christian, giving testimonies on I am Second websites and starting ministries for dad’s – Tim Tebow is the first athlete or coach I have seen consistently unashamed of the gospel. He appears to fear God more than man! Christians, if you appreciate this about him, pray for him. If you do not, pray for him even more.