Always stand up for what you believe in

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 6, 2013

When Christians are asked what they do, regardless of their occupation, they’ll sometimes answer, “I’m an ambassador for Jesus Christ.”
An ambassador is defined as a
messenger, a servant, a representative appointed by one country or government. An ambassador does not have any personal opinions
or beliefs other than those of the country or government he represents.
I’ve always respected Tim Tebow, the ex-Florida Gator quarterback and now a member of the New York Jets professional football team. He always gave credit to God for his success and continued to use the platform he was blessed with to bring faith, hope and love to all those needing encouragement.  
Because of his convictions, he was criticized by the media and was the victim of many anti-Christian jokes and cartoons. In March 2012, the New York Times described Tebow as “a preacher in a football player’s body” who wears his religion on his sleeve but rarely discusses controversial issues. I resented those comments then and did until two weeks ago.
After agreeing to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas on April 28, 2013, he cancelled because of new information that had been brought to his attention. According to reports, Tebow called Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the church, “saying that for personal and professional reasons he needed to avoid controversy at this time but would like to come to First Baptist Dallas to speak at a future date.”
Pastor Jeffress said that he and
the church were saddened that
Mr. Tebow felt pressure to back out of his long-planned commitment from numerous New York and national sports and news media who grossly misrepresented past comments made by Dr. Jeffress, related to issues of homosexuality and AIDS.
As a Christian, Tebow evidently was pressured by people criticizing basic Christian doctrine that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
Over the years, I’ve been impressed with Tebow’s talk, but am disappointed with his recent walk. Criticizing him is easy when you’re not in the battle. His actions proved that Christians are forgiven but not perfect.  
In this battle, evil won, and the righteous man was defeated. I pray that his weakness in this situation will be a lesson to all. Never be afraid to stand up for the truth of God’s Word.       
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