Tebow Should Have Preached Love to Haters

Tebow Should Have Preached Love to Haters

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow reversed course Thursday. He backtracked on a commitment to speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas, his decision almost assuredly having to do with controversial Pastor Robert Jeffress and how aligning himself with him had a chance to permanently dislodge Tebow’s halo.

This has been hailed as a victory. What it really is is a travesty, and a lost opportunity.

I hope Tebow reconsiders. I hope he shows up in Dallas in April. And I will attend if he reverses his previously reversed course. I had planned on attending not because I agree with everything, and more likely anything, Pastor Jeffress says but rather because I subscribe to Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to change.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that,” Dr. King famously and wisely once said. “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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