By Chad Hennings
author, former NFL player
We, as a nation, are crying out for transparency and authenticity. We want our leaders, heroes and role models — people like Tim Tebow — to stand for something. Something that is greater than self. We want them to live up to the words that they profess and not hide behind a façade.
Those are good things to remember amid the controversy surrounding Tim and Pam Tebow’s pro-life Super Bowl ad.
In today’s culture, we are constantly bombarded with “words” from many sources – print, radio, television, the Internet . . . The list goes on and on. Many times, the words mean nothing more than the spin that they were formed to create. We have become so distrustful of what people say that their words are all but meaningless.
Tim Tebow has been a bright light in today’s narcissistic, all-about-me world. He walks the walk when it comes to the words he professes. His character gives him a platform, but we are all called to make a difference in our community, whether it’s from a faith-based platform or not.
Google Tebow’s name and most of the links are positive stories about how he has lived out his Christian spirituality and given of himself to a person or a cause and made a difference. The other articles are attacks on him for the stands that he has taken.
We should be applauding a young man who is not reluctant to use his platform for more than just earning a paycheck.
Apathy has led us to this cultural crossroads we are facing as a nation. People need to engage and get involved. I am encouraged by what I have seen recently. I see others who, like Tebow, have a sense of purpose.
This resurgence of purpose has been highlighted in many different areas from the Tea Party movement to anti-war rallies. The controversy over the Super Bowl ad highlighting the Pam and Tim Tebow story is a sidebar to a debate about abortion that has been raging for many years in our country.
In my opinion, the forum we use to bring our ideas to light, whether it’s the Super Bowl, cable television or the street corner, is irrelevant. The marketplace should be open to discuss the merits of anyone’s thoughts — not to stifle or shout over one another.
Americans aren’t dumb. We can and will make our own decisions as long as we have access to information and can see the actions of those who are trying to formulate public opinion. No matter what side of the fence you are on, pro-life or pro-abortion, we should let the stories be told.
What is threatening about that?
Chad Hennings, the author of “Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Disconnected World,” was an All-America football player at the Air Force Academy. After flying 45 humanitarian missions in Iraq, he played on three Super Bowl champions with the Dallas Cowboys.