Today, one of the major news on the sports scene is the trade of Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets. Like all things Tim Tebow, it has taken over the news cycle and everyone has a point to make...including me! What is truly remarkable is that at the same time, the NFL has announced major suspensions to the New Orleans Saints for having bounties on opposing players (read about it here). Yet, Tebow's trade is still filling up my twitter stream. Why?
Well, as I have previously written about (here and here), there are no shortage of opinions when it comes to Tim Tebow. The interesting thing is, though, that most of it is unrelated to the football field. Don't get me wrong, he is an unorthodox player who somehow brought his team results on the field, but most criticism is directed at his personal life, and faith. Every shortcoming that he may have on the field is followed up with mean, tasteless, and cruel comments about his faith in Jesus and his desire to live a pure life. I have seen many "jokes" about prayer, God hating certain teams because of him, and even his lack of a sexual relationship with anyone of the opposite sex (Let me say this - we don't know what Tebow does in private. We only know how he speaks and acts in public, in which he conducts himself in a spiritual and moral manner. If it were to come out tomorrow that he was not the things that he portrayed, it would not in any way, shape, or form, shake my faith in Jesus Christ.).
All of this caused me to think about the difficulties many practicing Christians face in the work place. I say practicing because many born-again believers do not share Tebow's zeal to be a testimony for Jesus Christ, and therefore never face difficulties. Many times, Christians will choose the easy way out and just try to blend in with their co-workers and employers and not face the ridicule of being "different." But isn't that our problem today? We have been conformed to the world, instead of transformed by God. If we can constantly go about our daily interactions with the world around us and never face difficulty and opposition for what we believe, then what are we doing wrong. It is good to remember the words of Jesus, who said in John 15:18, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."
Have you ever face opposition and ridicule in the workplace because of your faith?
If so, how did you handle it?