As you know, Tim Tebow will not, as previously scheduled, speak at Dallas’s First Baptist Church this April. Tebow’s planned appearance caused quite the hubbub in recent days, thanks to Jeffress’ history of controversial remarks, and Tebow finally decided (wisely, we thought) that the said hubbub was more than he wanted to deal with creating.
While we think Tebow will be happy with his decision, though, the church was, unsurprisingly, less thrilled with the turn of events. The church, in fact, released a statement after the news came out, which we’re excerpting below… and providing a few thoughts of our own where we feel they’re warranted.
Mr. Tebow called Dr. Jeffress Wednesday evening saying that for personal and professional reasons he needed to avoid controversy at this time but would like to come to First Baptist Dallas to speak at a future date. We are saddened that Mr. Tebow felt pressure to back out of his long-planned commitment from numerous New York and national sports and news media who grossly misrepresented past comments made by our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, specifically related to issues of homosexuality and AIDS, as well as Judaism.
Well, if Tebow really is going back to First Baptist Dallas sometime, we guess the sense of betrayal some on the Christian Right felt at his decision will be a thing of the past – as will the goodwill Tebow built up with everyone who thought going to First Baptist Dallas in the first place was a bad idea. As for gross misrepresentation of Jeffress’ comments by the media, surely they’re not referring to our site, since we merely posted videos of Jeffress speaking. More from the statement:
First Baptist is a church built on the truth of Scripture, even though at times that approach can be perceived as controversial or counter to the prevailing winds of culture.
The reason for the recent media firestorm is not because the Word of God has changed, but because society has changed.
Changed to the point where people realize if they’re gonna hate the gays based on the Bible, they better not eat shrimp, either, we guess.
More important, contrary to editorializing in the media, Dr. Jeffress shares a message of hope, not hate; salvation, not judgment; and a Gospel of God’s love, grace and new beginnings available to all.
Once again, this:
We guess that means to Jeffress, “not hate” involves equating letting gay people live their lives with not speaking out against Hitler. We tried to stay out of “editorializing” in our previous post full of Jeffress videos, but we’ll “editorialize” a bit now: Robert Jeffress is a bad person, so is anyone who defends him, and if Tebow never plays another down in the NFL, he’s done some good here – whatever his reason for canceling – by shining a light on that.