Friday, March 23, 2012

Tebow and Christians

As Christians, we believe it is our duty to refute and denounce what Pat Robertson has said:

Following Wednesday’s news that Tebow’s been traded to the New York Jets, Robertson said, despite Tebow’s great performance, the Broncos did not treat him well: “I think the Denver Broncos treated him shabbily. He won seven games, he brought them into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo — I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me — it was a tremendous victory.”

Robertson cited bad karma: “And you just ask yourself, okay, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured. If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right.”

We had this discussion on twitter, but we'll put here for the record.

We are Gators, life long Gators, and as such, well, we don't hold Peyton Manning in the highest of regard as a player as a result.  Every Gators' favorite Peyton Manning stat is "Peyton Manning never beat the Gators."  Conversely, our boy never lost to Tennessee or FSU.  That's just how it is.

Add on top of that we are Saints fans (and boy does that smart right now) and our favorite Peyton Manning stat is "Peyton Manning threw the winning TD for the Saints in their first Super Bowl!" So, sorry, we're just not into Peyton that much.

And, yes, we think the Broncos could have handled all the PR surrounding Tim Tebow, Tebowmania, "Is he your starting QB of the future?" and the whole Manning courtship ALOT better than they did.  But it is water under the bridge now and we're moving on to the Big Apple with our boy.

Which takes us back to Pat Robertson.  As Christians one of the main guiding principles in life is "treat others like you would like to be treated" aka the "golden rule."  As much as our orange and blue glasses don't like Peyton Manning it does no one any good to wish someone to be injured or harmed.  Ask the Saints how that worked out.

Last season there was so much speculation on whether God intervenes in football games, and we seriously considered the idea after watching a string of  seemingly "miraculous" comeback wins every week.  In the end, we can't really answer that question for you. But we can answer this, we do not believe and would not love a God so callous and cruel as to injure a guy over a trade or a football game, or anything else. The God we put our trust in died to save and serve humanity, not inflict petty punishments.

So because this blog began because of writing Bible verses on eye black, we'd like to leave you with these two to consider (and please take note, these are both "Old Testament" verses, i.e. back when "eye for an eye" is believed to still have been kosher.)

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.
 Lamentations 3:33 For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.