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When do our convictions get in the way?

When my daughter brought me an article on Tim Tebow, the football player and said, “You might like to write about this.”

I said “Oh me! I feel convicted all over again. I have been very vocal about my convictions. When do we turn someone off because we are so blatant with what we believe in?”

The world needs good role models in the arts and in sports. I have written about Tim Tebow as a wonderful role model for our young grandsons. He was known as the football player for the Florida Gaters, a Heisman trophy winner and for the Bible-passage eye black he wears under his eyes for each game. He stands on his convictions. My grandsons and I are thrilled he has joined the Denver Bronco team. Along with his skills, he was chosen for his good character, but I am wondering if he stepped over the line on this one?

Recently he participated in the NFL scouting combine. Before the group took the 12-minute, 50-question exam, he asked if everyone could bow their heads in prayer — this is before asking any of the other players if they wanted to pray.

According to the NBC Sports, this is how one of the other players responded: “Shut the ____ up.” Other players in the room cracked up.

Is it worse to disrespect someone else’s convictions or force your beliefs on someone?

Tebow has now entered into a bigger fishbowl. There are sharks he probably didn’t encounter before. Are there some lessons he needs to learn? That seems to be the question that has brought many people to their computer.

These are some of the comments from other fans:

“Finally! Someone did it. Can you imagine the reaction people would have towards someone who openly and forcefully discussed their Islamic or Jewish beliefs? They would flip out. These double standards should not be welcome, and I’m glad someone finally shut Tebow down.”

And the others add their opinions:

“I go to church every Sunday and I believe in the Lord. That is my choice. I’m glad somebody told Tebow to STFU because he is arrogant who hides behind his ‘religious’ values and as Americans we have an understanding of separation of church and xtate; no one should be forced into another’s religion. Tebow should’ve at least asked the room if it was okay, not just make the assumption.”

“I want to know which player told Tebow off. I would like to buy him a beer.”

“I would rather have a leader that believes in something as opposed to most young people that believe in nothing!”

“Looking at their test scores, they should all be praying.”

Obviously everyone has an opinion. This article brought a healthy discussion in our family as I read it to them. My family quickly gave their opinions too on the subject, but we came to a conclusion: Maybe the truth is this — sometimes our convictions are just for us.

Final brushstroke: You have the right to have your convictions, but it is not always necessary to exercise them. If you do, you better have the grit and belief to stand.

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Artist’s quote

“The difference between whether you say, ‘I wish I would have,’ or ‘I’m glad I did,’ at the end of your life is whether or not you take decisive action during your life.” — Chris Widener.