When In Use For God, There Will be Persecution

Posted: November 4, 2011 by Ricky Keeler in NFL

(Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Since we took a couple months off, the Tim Tebow drama has increased tenfold in the National Football League. In Week 7, Tebow was named the starter in Denver after the Broncos started 1-4 under Kyle Orton. In his first start of 2011, Tebow struggled for 55 minutes, but was the only QB in NFL history to lead his team from 15 points down in the final three minutes or less to win the game in overtime.

Last Sunday was not the ideal game for Tim and the Broncos. After an opening drive field goal, the Broncos gave up 45 straight points in a 45-10 loss. People are calling for Tebow to lose his starting quarterback job, but I respond with this? The Washington Redskins were 3-1 and then Mike Shanahan pulled his starting quarterback after one game for the young QB, John Beck. Beck has not won since, but Redskin fans aren’t calling for him to lose the job as their NFC East chances begin to go down the drain.

In the 2nd quarter of Sunday’s game, Lions’ middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch sacked Tebow and then proceeded to do a “Tebowing” pose which is bending on one knee in a praying motion. Tulloch has said that he was not mocking God when he did it, just the craze of it. However, Tebow did give that praying motion during the win against the Dolphins.

I have said this point in the two previous articles I have done on #15. You can criticize his throwing motion and his ability all you want, but criticizing his faith or the openness of his faith should be out of bounds. However, in a non-utopian society, that is not going to be the case. Tebow publicly said he did not feel his faith was being mocked by Tulloch:

“He was just celebrating, having fun with his teammates and I don’t take offense to that,” Tebow said.

As Christians, we have to expect that our faith is going to be mocked at some point because persecution is a given. In Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy, he tells him that “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Like we talked about yesterday, when you make the choice to accept Christ, we have to understand that the road is not going to always be on the up and up. The Lord throws us hardships that we have to try to persevere from by always looking at Him for support. Peter talks about this issue in his epistle:

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

Today, I exhort you to stay confident in your faith because persecution is going to be a given when we choose to accept Christ. People will mock our beliefs or what we believe will happen when we leave this world, but as long as God is for us, then who can be against us? The Lord helps to keep our paths straight, which is something that Tebow also talked about yesterday.

“Well, it’s kind of impossible not to hear everything. You’re walking by, you hear it. It’s everywhere,” Tebow said. “But you just can’t pay attention to it because if I let what people say about me run my life I’d be living a roller coaster and thank the Lord that I don’t have to do that.”


  1. Chad says:

    If he wasn’t so open about his Christian faith, there wouldn’t be nearly as much discussion about Tebow and his lack of polish in his football skills.. It’s persecution, and it’s jealousy.. the guy had a phenomenal collegiate career, and in a sinful world, when youthe win athis lot, people will get jealous, and they will look for ways to tear you down.
    The worst thing the Broncos did to the guy was draft him in the first round.. a third or fourth round pick would be given time to learn and develop his skills, but in this day of no patience, you can’t draft him in the first round, pay him that much cash, and have him sit on the sidelines. In my opinion, he’s in a no win situation, and he will not get through it without God’s help. Just my two cents!

    • Ricky Keeler says:

      Chad I want to thank you for commenting first and foremost because you took the time to read it. I do agree with you but we don’t expect as Christians to hide our faith. I hope tebow gets to go somewhere where people believe he can do well because I don’t think fox and elway want him as the quarterback. Again, thank u for reading and I hope u enjoyed past posts/future posts. God bless!

  2. Bobby Charts says:

    Great point Chad! We can get stronger with God’s help and yes we cant do it alone.

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