Farewell Tim Tebow?

A few days ago I wrote about some who called on Tim Tebow to cancel his upcoming appearance at First Baptist Dallas. The post was – In Light of Tim Tebow Invitation Baptist Church Answers Anti-Gay, Anti-Semitic Charges.

Not once did I think Tebow would give in to the critics. Apparently, I was wrong.

Tebow shared his reasons for canceling in four tweets. Hat tip to Denny Burk for putting those tweets together.

While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!

This is surprising on many fronts given the ridicule Tebow has put up with for his faith both on and off the field. I want to be fair since, as Burk pointed out, Tebow has not revealed what this “new information” is that lead to the cancellation.

So is this farewell Tim Tebow? It’s not as if he’s going away. But could this be a shift to a liberal Christianity? I certainly hope not as we have enough of those folks in the spot light already. Again, unless Tebow reveals the “new information” it is difficult to know his exact reasoning.

I would like to address the biblical consistency of Tebow’s twitter comments. He speaks of Christ’s unconditional love, but we know that Christ calls all to repent of their sin and believe the gospel or spend eternity separated from God. As far as I know, FBC Dallas calls people to repent of their sins et al.

He mentions the “faithful members” of FBC Dallas which brings to mind Galatians 6:10 (ESV), “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” In contrast to this verse, Tebow seems to reverse God’s word by bowing to the world’s demands first and secondarily to his spiritual family by canceling.

If he want to use his platform to glorify God he would do so first to those of the faith. Maybe there is valid concern for those at FBC Dallas and they need Tebow to bring them a brighter day rather than turn away from them.

If the church has a sin issue, including aberrant theology, it makes sense for Tebow to separate – possibly. He could take the Proverbs 27:6 (ESV) route, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” and help FBC Dallas.

Tim Tebow has stood up to the world many times when his faith has been attacked. My perspective is that Tebow’s faith, and that of FBC Dallas, are being attacked now though he may disagree. We can disagree and that’s fine, but I don’t understand his decision.

At this point, I think Tebow has an opportunity to show the world how the gospel unites Christians covering their disagreements in love. He can go to Dallas and even offer something contrary to the “new information” he found if it’s that bad. He can show the world that the gospel can overcome this “new information” if it’s that bad. Whatever this “new information” is it is not bigger than our sins against a holy God; nor is it bigger than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So I encourage Tebow to change his mind again and go to FBC Dallas and speak.

Finally, the question kicking around in my mind is this: if God gives someone a platform to “bring Faith, Hope and Love” and that person refuses to take that influence to his brothers and sisters – what kind of faith, hope and love is he offering the world?

For what it’s worth…


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Reg Schofield February 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Tebow has stood up but when has he had to verify the content of his faith concerning his own convictions concerning hell , homosexuality , the exclusivity of Christ etc… or for that matter why should we be that surprised he cancelled when it could have hurt him financially big time to be aligned with a bible preaching Church. From what I have looked at , the Church at which he was to speak held normative Christian teachings and I could find nothing grossly out of what most truly evangelical Churches hold. Tebow needs to clarify why specifically he chose to cancel other wise I fear he will try to walk a middle line I have heard before from even Pastors and that is , I just want to help people love God and be better people , to bring hope amid the dark and stay away from doctrine and all that negative stuff.

2 Lynn Burgess February 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

I think Tim Tebow’s character is high above those who dog him in the media. No matter what the information was, it is clear that Tim was not throwing anyone under the bus by disclosing that information. My heart has been crushed this week at how the Church of Jesus Christ has doubted, judged, and condemned Tim, not only in their hearts, but in the media. I have cried many tears; I can only imagine what it has been like for Tim, Bob, Pam, et al.

3 Dan Smith April 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

It does appear that we are being fairly quick to judge him. Did he not show up and speak at Liberty University but a mere few weeks ago? You don’t get much more conservative than LU.

4 Mark April 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Dan, thanks for stopping by. I did a follow-up post to this one. I’d just point out that Tebow did show up at Liberty, but to have an equal comparison – I think – you’d have to show he had just as much pressure to cancel as he did with FBC Dallas. IMO, Liberty does not have the greatest track record when it comes to being conservative. Politically conservative, yes. Theologically, not so much given the Mormons who’ve spoken their including Glenn Beck who included faith in his speech.


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