I have joined a fantastic group of ladies, who are involved in a weekly blog project. Every Thursday, we will dazzle you with our insight on various topics. And each week, we take turns coming up with the idea for the blog topic. Please check out their blogs as well, listed under my Blogroll section. Just click on:
Froggie (Tracey): An experiment in knitting, writing- and life
Merry Land Girl (Melissa): Tales of a suburban mom who likes to talk about pop culture, books, Judaism, family, friendship and anything else that comes to mind.
Mom Of Many (Susanna): One Mom’s perspective on life, raising kids, knitting and other unrelated topics.
Tracey chose a very interesting topic this week: In 2010, the Denver Broncos drafted Tim Tebow, a quarterback from the University of Florida. Tebow, a devout Christian, would wear biblical references such as “John 3:16” on his eye paint during college game. Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the news about Tebow and how he kneels and prays after a game success. “Tebowing” has become a widespread phenomenon to the point it has been accepted as a word in the English language.
WIth all this in mind, should professional athletes be able to publicly display their religious beliefs during games? What other thoughts do you have on this phenomenon?
When I read this week’s topic, I immediately went back in time, years ago, when I worked for a small company in Arizona. One of the employees was a very devout Christian, and he had religious images on his computer, as his screen saver. It was nothing I would have considered over the top, or graphic. A cross. A picture of Jesus. One of the other employees felt uncomfortable about the images, and requested he no longer have them as his screensaver, and so he complied.
I’ve seen people adorned with head to toe sports gear. During game time, an individual may dress up their home or office with memorabilia. I’ve also witnessed fights break out over whose team is better, or seen insults given out to a team that others found weak, or stupid. I’m not into sports. It’s not that I don’t personally like to play sports, but I don’t follow teams or watch games on t.v. Do I understand when someone gets all decked out and freaks over a fumble? Not really. But, I can appreciate that person’s enjoyment.
So, why do we get all up in arms over religious memorabilia? Was it really such a big deal, for that co-worker of mine to have one image in his entire office that was religious? Why wasn’t he allowed to show what he enjoys, and believes in? Maybe for him, this was his way of rooting for his team, so to speak.
People don’t like what they do not understand. It makes them uncomfortable. Yet, we all have beliefs and views that differ, each and every one of us. My friends are such a myriad of beliefs. Atheists. Pagans. Catholics. Christians. Jewish. I have some friends who don’t really believe in anything. Some of those friends will make comments on Facebook in regards to how they believe, or what they feel, and I don’t take away from that, or strike them down for it. Even if it’s something I don’t believe. Maybe I am comfortable in my own beliefs that I don’t feel it necessary to be bothered about how someone else feels about God, or for some, a lack thereof.
So what if Tebow wants to pray before his games, or display religious references? In the grand scheme of things, does it really even matter? Does this interfere with the game? Is this a hindrance to himself, as well as the other players? That would be my utmost concern here, and I can’t honestly answer that since I don’t ever watch sports.
Maybe he’s out to get more fans, or maybe he’s trying to showboat, or maybe, just maybe, he really does have so much faith and spirit inside of him, that doing this makes his soul feel good. The only person who knows the answer to that is Tebow.