Wow! While most were supportive, some were angered by my inclusion of the word “compromise” in the title of the post regarding Tebow’s recent announcement that he would not follow through with his speaking engagement at First Baptist Church in Dallas. However, I am comforted by the insight of Dr. Al Mohler in his recent coverage of the controversy.
Did Tebow actually compromise on serious convictional issues in scripture about the “Exclusivity of Christ” and “homosexuality?” I am inclined to think so.
Read Mohler before you decide. He documents the kind of pressure applied to Tebow to withdraw from his speaking engagement as revealed in the articles extracts below.
Remember, it is always wrong to be “lovingly winsome” if it means portraying biblical truth as “hatefully offensive”.
“…controversy quickly shifted to secular outrage that Tebow would agree to speak to a church known for such beliefs.
Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports warned, “Tim Tebow is about to make the biggest mistake of his life” by speaking at “a hateful Baptist preacher’s church.” Doyel described Jeffress as “an evangelical cretin” guilty of serial hate speech. Of course, Doyel engaged in hateful and slanderous speech of his own by associating Jeffress with the truly hateful Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. Jeffress “isn’t as bad as Westboro,” Doyel admitted, “But he comes close. Too close.”
Other sportswriters piled on. Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post offered his own warning to Tebow: “After a season on the sidelines, the ball’s in your hands, Timmy. Better not fumble this one.”
…Writing at The Huffington Post, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush made it clear the controversy wasn’t just a matter of Jeffress’s tone, conceding, “while Dr. Jeffress has a tendency not to sugarcoat his feelings,” he is nonetheless voicing what evangelical Christians “have been saying for a long time.” The central scandal here is the belief that Jesus is the only Savior and that homosexual behavior is sin. In terms of the larger public debate, it is the issue of homosexuality that has predominated the larger public debate… “
…Evangelical Christians are now called upon to think strategically about what it means to speak truthfully and lovingly to a society that increasingly sees us as the moral outlaws.”