For a nation that expresses a tolerance for one’s religious beliefs, we seem overly sensitive to ones expression of faith. I find it hard to believe God cares one way or another who is the victor in a football game. And while players over the years in all sports have displayed many signs and gestures of thanks to their supreme being, it seems odd that such a fervor has been created around Tebow’s actions.
The national media who controls the news agenda sees these actions as worthy headlines. Their role should be one of assisting to create tolerance and understanding, instead of creating labels and conflict between those of different faiths and beliefs.
It’s just my opinion, but I don’t think God is a scorekeeper nor does God choose to take sides in sporting events and God’s favor can’t be garnered for political gain. God is not waiting to seek vengeances at those who error in their ways. It is my opinion that God judges us by the entire body of our lives and not hour by hour nor day by day. I hope God considers what’s in a person’s heart, the way they conduct their lives and lessons they learn from life and how they go about correcting the errors made along the way.
And that is exactly the way we should address issues of faith as well as those of non-belief. As individuals in this country we should be able to practice our faith as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence: “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” provided that faith does not seek harm to others. Just as non-believers should be able to pursue their beliefs without insisting their rights trump those of faith. We should all be judged on how we conduct our lives and how we treat others and not apply labels to individuals or groups that create conflict within our society.
Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org