Yesterday in a USA Today opinion piece in the religion section, Tom Krattenmaker, makes some outlandish remarks about his study of organized sports and religion. He highlights Tim Tebow, quarterback for Florida, as one who’s actions off the field are good (his service and mission work), but criticizes his thought of Christ being the only way to salvation. On the one hand he commends Tebow’s actions, yet condemns his thoughts. Krattenmaker also attempts to generalize organizations that minister to athletic teams as being manipulative and not accepting of players from other faiths. He goes on to say…
Evangelical players and ministry representatives in sports aren’t out to harm anyone, of course. On the contrary, they see themselves as fulfilling the Bible’s Great Commission (“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19). In this sense, their mission is pure altruism: They seek to share the gift of eternal life. But there’s a shadow side to this. If their take on God and truth and life is the only right one — which their creed boldly states — everyone else is wrong.
Though I don’t follow sports very closely, it’s hard to miss hearing about Tim Tebow. In my opinion, Tebow is a breath of fresh air in light of the scandals and junk that surrounds so much of college and professional sports. He’s a young man who not only knows what he believes, but is a strong enough leader to be straight about his convictions. Though we ought not treat others with contempt because they believe differently than we do – Truth is Truth – and The Truth of John 14:6 rings ever true. Jesus Christ, is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him…period.
Click here to read the USA TODAY article.