MOSCOW, February 14, 2012 – Speaking about Tim Tebow’s on-field praying, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said the Denver Bronco quarterback is “full of crap.” According to Silverman, Tebow’s public display of faith is not appropriate. “Pray in the closet” is his advice.
Here is a question: Why do some people get so upset by even fleeting displays of piety while they remain largely unbothered by all the filth that is being constantly spewed out by our culture?
Everywhere we turn – whether we switch on the television, open a mass-market magazine, go to the movies or listen to popular music – we see evidence of the moral decay that pervades our culture. What we encounter is a constant stream of blasphemy, cursing, lies, fornication and sexual perversion.
Case in point: On the same day David Silverman made his comments about Tim Tebow, Inside TV reported that a toddler will say the f-word on an ABC sitcom next week. A two-and-a-half year-old character shall mouth the ugly utterance in front of the camera. The show is called Modern Family, and its creators describe it as a family friendly series. Most critics of Tebow will probably see nothing wrong with a toddler saying one of the most vulgar words in the English language on national television. In fact, the coarse moment will likely draw both laughs and ratings. But when Tim Tebow quietly bows down on a football field, he is said to be “full of crap” or worse.
The very fact that a public figure would made such an uncouth comment about another person and that his comment has been widely reported is indicative of our collective moral predicament. Sixty years ago something like this would have been unthinkable. Neither would it have been conceivable to have a toddler utter the four-letter word in a prime time sitcom.
Today, however, such behaviors are considered normal while displays of godliness are often condemned. So much so that some people even find a Christmas tree offensive.
How did we get to this point? I’d suggest that Bob Dylan had it right when he sang:
“You’re gonna have to serve somebody… it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
During the last sixty years there has been a relentless effort to push God out of the public square and public eye. The effort has been largely successful. While most of us still superficially profess belief in God, genuine religiosity is becoming increasingly rare. While the majority of people can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments, many can list ten different brands of beer.
Decades of public education, materialism and secularism have borne its fruit and ours has become a largely godless society. But instead of becoming better as the anti-religion crusaders hoped, we just became more decadent.
We refused to serve God thinking we would become free and instead we have became captive to his adversary. Instead of worshiping God we now pay homage to the Prince of Darkness. The fruit of that unholy alliance litters almost every aspect of our society and culture. A great deal of what we see around us is not merely pagan but outright demonic. But instead of being repulsed and ashamed, we not only tolerate these evils, but financially reward those who propagate them. We are thus fulfilling Paul’s description of a godless people:
“Although they know God’s judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them.”
There can be no denying that our society is in serious trouble and the trouble has much to do with our turning away from God. The financial and economic crises that threaten our survival have been largely caused by greed and thievery which are being practiced with unprecedented brazenness across the spectrum – from the highest government officials to ordinary voters. We all want something for free and we are only too eager to help ourselves to others’ money and substance. This, in turn, is only a demonstration of a deeper spiritual and moral crisis that has enveloped our nation. It is no accident that the rise of the entitlement mentality coincided with the retreat of religion. But now, after years of profligacy and corruption, things have now become so dire that there seems to be no way out. As the best-selling author Joel Rosenberg wrote in his recent newsletter, “we need the Lord to rescue us, to have mercy on us, before it’s too late.”
I do not know what kind of Christianity Tim Tebow subscribes to. But one thing is for certain: He at least points in the right direction. If we wish to do well as as individuals and as a nation we need to turn to God.
The Bible could not say it more clearly: “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
We fail to heed these words at our own peril.
You can also read: Is Tim Tebow a hypocrite?
Born and raised under communism, Vasko Kohlmayer is a naturalized American citizen. He has lived in several countries under various forms of government, but he still marvels at the goodness of God and the wonder of life.
He has written for a number of newspapers, magazines and internet journals. Vasko currently lives in Europe with his long-suffering wife and two beautiful daughters. He is the founder of The Christian Writers Foundation.
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