Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The news of Tim Tebow’s ad during Super Bowl Sunday has become a national debate. Tebow has been one of the most outspoken Christian athletes of this past generation. He has repeatedly honored God and Jesus Christ our Savior in the midst of all his accomplishments on the football field. And now in a commercial set to air this weekend, he is taking a stand for the lives of unborn babies.
As many know by now, Tim’s Mother, Pam, when pregnant with Tim, developed a life-threatening infection while working as a missionary to the Philippines. Although her doctor advised her to have an abortion, she decided to have her baby and the rest is history. And now the commercial, which will tell this story in 30 seconds, is causing many pro-choice and “pro-women” groups downright furious. CBS has been receive a barrage of protests and petitions against it.
There are so many sad aspects to this drama. For one, Tim lived out this situation personally. So many news outlets are acting as if he just decided to take on the abortion issue and got a commercial. He and his mother know this from a personal standpoint. Secondly this is still America. Last time we checked freedom of speech still exists. Why shouldn’t he or anyone else be able to get commercial time if he or the company making the commercial has the money to pay for those super-expensive timeslots (and CBS being a private company has the right to air whatever commercials they choose by the way)? We have soldiers dying and risking their lives to protect these rights. It’s not the time throw them away.
Finally, it’s great that someone is standing up for life who’s in the public eye. And not just because they are “conservative” but because they are Christian. Tebow has stated that he wants to use his sports career to serve as a witness and testimony to the Gospel of Christ. I applaud him for that. And this is not a Carrie Prejean who was a virtual unknown until the Miss America pageant) situation. Tebow has been one of the most famous football players at one of the biggest sports schools in America. He has the intense glare of the media on him for the past three years and has not wilted.
When one takes such a strong stand for Jesus, please believe that. And what is behind that? A strong Christian upbringing. The Tebow family have been dedicated to Christ and urge you to see the fruits of the parents work. On his father’s website, you’ll see the entire family history and what they’re doing now. The Lord commands parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). And the Tebows have certainly done that. And looking at Tim his fruits are showing that he’s willing to endure criticism and professional backlash for his stand. And I applaud him for that. The theme of the commercial “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Family.” And in this day and age, those are two celebrations that are sorely needed.