No matter what we do in life, we will have our share of critics that do not like what we are doing, especially those who are Children of God. This occurs especially when it comes on a man whose skills have been questioned in the NFL for the past couple of seasons. Yes, I am talking about Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow.
With training camp now underway, Kyle Orton has been getting the snaps with the starters and that has caused Broncos’ fans to wonder when their future quarterback is going to start. One of the latest critics that has been publicized is ESPN’s Merril Hoge. On Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, Hoge said about Tebow ““QB play is not just about who works hard, gives rah-rah speeches, or is a good guy,” Hoge wrote. “Sitting watching tape of Broncos offense from last year. Orton or Tebow? It’s embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow.” (Florida-Times Union) Tebow would later reply on Twitter “Hey Merril…… ‘ppreciate that.’’ The former Florida Gator star did not reply angrily or question Hoge’s NFL credentials, but he simply just took the comment in in his same classy manner.
Jesus tells us to do the same thing when we are persecuted or criticized for our belief in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during His Sermon on the Mount. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). This is a powerful verse, because naturally when someone talks against us, our natural instinct would be to retaliate and say something that is harmful to them right back. However, when we accept Christ, we have to still share the same love that we do for our brothers and sisters because if God is for us, then who can be against us.
Today, I exhort you to stay strong when someone is against your faith or just does not understand why you have chosen to follow the path to Christ. I pray that you take those words and use the Holy Spirit to show the light of Christ to others around you as well. As the apostle Peter said, these trials will come, but we have to keep rejoicing that the Father is on our side. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Peter 4:12-14)