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02/21/2013

Tim Tebow cancels visit to Dallas church because he's smart

6a00e54f7fc4c58833017ee8884957970d-300wiTim Tebow may never be able to throw the football down the football field to score football points, but the man is PR savvy enough to know there is no way to keep his rather pristine image so nice and shiny after speaking at church led by Robert Jeffress.

Last week it was announced that Tebow was scheduled to appear at the First Baptist Church of Dallas at the end of April. Now the quarterback of the New York Jets has changed his mind.

On the Twitter thingy this morning, Tebow wrote from his account @TimTebow, "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 the 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 of those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

Wise move, sir.

Robert-Jeffress-2-cropped-proto-custom_28This church is led by the oh-just-slightly-controversial Robert Jeffress, who I am sure has plenty of friends who are both gay and voted for Barack Obama. Oh, and Catholics, too.

How did Tebow not realize this church was led by such a controversial figure? And if he didn't care for the reaction that his scheduled appearance has generated why did it take a week to back out?

Personally, I planned on attending the service Tebow was slated to speak just so I could see the scene and hear his message. I applaud Tebow's convinction.

This is America, and both Tebow and Jeffress are allowed the freedom to say whatever they want, just as we enjoy the same space to disagree.

The whole thing was rather odd. Nothing Tebow has reportedly said since he became TIM TEBOW has been even remotely close to some of the judgemental hate that Jeffress has said. Maybe Tebow agrees with Jeffress line for line, but this announcement shows that he is smart enough not to publicly declare it.

Even if Tebow can't repair his battered image as an NFL-caliber quarterback the decision to stay away from Jeffress' church should maintain his shiny image as a person.

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Comments

ron harrell

Maybe his lack of backbone is one of the reasons he can't get a jpb as quarterback!

Chrisfollower

Biblical hate? Maybe just Biblical period. Wow I had no idea the Star-Telegram was so liberal. Grow up Brats, Call the waaaambulance since others disagree with you and you cant take it without slinging trash about the Pastor.

Mattmedic7

Why don't you just come visit the Church this Sunday and make you own judgement based upon what you see and hear and NOT what the media spins about the church. Ive been a member for 30 years and not once has anyone ever said anything about hating anyone. Hate the sin not the sinner.... You are more than welcome to disagree but you are not welcome to make things up based upon a pre concieved notion that Dr. Jeffress hates etc...

EatMorReligion

Wow. Just wow! Is this how Christians treat other Christians for their love of neighbor? How is that controversial? I want no part of this, Mac. Shame on YOU for playing politics on other members of the church. Shame on you for judging others-- that's not your place in this world. And shame on Mr. Tebow for pulling out of an appearance based on such bigoted values. What an evil blog post! Pure evil. The star-telegram is turning into a hate filled venue for ultra-right wing religious zealots. Mac, you're no better than a Mississippi slave owner in the 1800's. You'll believe what you believe until the day you die. But there's nothing you can do to stop the train of equality. It's a comin', just like desegregation and interracial marriage. To wrap your hate in Christianity is a special kind of wrong.

Chris

Good Job Tim Tebow!!! Stay away from that mess! The Star- Telegram is awesome for being so open minded and LIBERAL!!!!

chanceoflifetime

It is not hate to preach on biblical truth. Those who are not believers and those who just want to hear what they want to hear and be justitified in what they do.

GotHereByAccident

Sounds like to me like this Tim Tebow guy cares more about his popularity than his principles - whatever principles he might have. I don't really care what some athlete has to say anyway, and what's controversial to me is why on earth would a football player be invited to speak at a church? It's like asking a computer programmer to teach a cooking class: the programmer knows nothing about it apart from the fact that he likes food.

Terry

Here in Wichita Falls, we are glad that the good Reverend is g o n e! All he did here was preach H A T E!

Shorebreak

Glad to see a popular sports personality stay away from controversy and choose moderation for a change.

TXKeith

The Gaystapo strikes again.

But boo on Tim for bowing to this suffocating political correctness.

James Anderson

Tebow is wrong and the author of this column Mac Engel is even more gutless in my opinion. Stick to sports Engel cause you're making an ass out of yourself.

B Mac

interesting article published January 2012 about Rev. Jeffress in "D Magazine".


http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_Magazine/2012/January/The_Savior_Robert_Jeffress_of_First_Baptist_Dallas.aspx

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