The media wants to paint Tim Tebow into a corner. He was scheduled to speak at an historic Baptist church in Texas but has recently pulled out of that public appearance. According to press reports, the pastor of this large church has said some incendiary things about homosexuals and President Obama.
When Tebow pulled out of the speaking engagement he did not give specific reasons for his decision. His answer was fairly vague. As a result I don’t think the controversy will completely go away until he clarifies his decision and his opinion on homosexuality. A Facebook friend and I were discussing the matter earlier today. Here are my posts on what Tebow should do.
POST #1: “As difficult as it might prove to be, we must be willing to publicly declare our opposition to homosexuality based upon the Bible. It will be hard to hate the sin and love the sinner but I don't think we have any other option. My understanding is that this Pastor was also quoted as saying President Obama was the antichrist. I do not admire President Obama in any facet, but I don't believe he is the antichrist. When Tebow first cancelled I was hoping it was because of the antichrist statements. I agree with the article that he will need to clarify and take a stand on the homosexuality issue.”
POST #2: “I think the media has been declaring that this pastor says ‘I hate gays.’ If true, that is a troublesome statement and another reason Tebow can use for backing out. The pastor needs to say, as lovingly as possible, ‘I love gays yet believe their lifestyle is sinful.’ I've long thought the issue of gay marriage would divide this country (possibly) to the point of a civil war. Now I am thinking the gun issue might get us their first. Who knows? God is in control.”