In this world, there are three religions that I cannot stand in their practice. Christianity: which did it’s best to wipe out the ways of my people (among other things), Islam: which did the same to other peoples and is still trying to do it actively, and Judaism: which started this mess. It’s mostly because I’ve lived in two of them, and studied the third pretty well. I know what they say they are, and I have seen the deeds, practices, and results of their people and their worship. And frankly, I’m not breaking new ground anywhere in that mess of monotheism.
That said, for the most part I can respect a person and their religion. My best friend, for a time, was a devout Christian. Some how it worked better than you’d imagine. I have a few friends that are Christian, at least one of whom I consider family, and who does the same for me.
And I’m not saying my path or religion is perfect. Nothing is perfect in this world. We just have different definitions of acceptable behavior. Some Muslims think it is acceptable to kill non-Muslims because we are “animals.” My ancestors believed in human sacrifice and offered criminals and kings to Odin by hanging them from trees. Personally, I can think of several criminals I wouldn’t mind giving to Odin in such a manner. Maybe a few kings too. But that is for another post.
So, what’s my point? Arguably, that we all have different beliefs and we practice them differently, and for the most part I can respect that. For the most part. Anyone tries to kill me or force me to convert is going to get a one way ticket to the afterlife, even if I have to earn my way into Valhalla to do it. But I started this blog with the idea that those who want to walk with me in respect are welcome to. It was mainly for pagans and heathens, but respect given is respect given back.
Which brings me to the subject of my title, namely, Tim Tebow. Let me start of with that I know nothing of football, except that I root for the Vikings (even if I never watch them), my home team is a “Big Deal” around here (never went to a game), we have issues with Gators (my father’s home team), and that somehow Tebow has caused a fuss by kneeling down and thanking Jesus for every touchdown and such.
Which tells me I probably know more about football than I want to.
Now, I don’t like people shoving their religion in my face. Most people don’t. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to practice their religion (they however, do not have the right to prevent me from responding in kind if they cross the line, but that too is another post). So if Tebow wants to get down on a knee and praise his god for some success, that’s pretty much okay with me. He’s not killing anyone, and he’s not actively trying to convert anyone.
Personally, it almosts makes me wish I was in sports, so that I could do something similar. Though mine would probably be waving my Nerf Mjolnir over the heads of my opponents and dedicating the battle to Odin and Thor, but still. Probably a good thing I’m not in sports.
No, my larger issue is with everyone whining about it. Even the Christians are whining about it. One pastor here on wordpress even made a post that if he was Tebow’s pastor, he’d try to tell him to knock it off. Mostly for the apparent reason that it is some sort of sacrilege to imply that God is responsible for success in a football game and that he’s picking sides (like the God of Abraham has never picked a side in a conflict before). Part of the issue seems to just be raising said theological question of which side is their god picking and that it’s wrong to make it seem their god supplies success, rather just “Securing souls” (which sounds kinda bad to me. Securing them for what, “salvation?” Okay, another post for that one too. Work piles ever onwards). Of course he says he still loves Tebow as a role model, he just wishes Tebow would be the kind of theologian that the Pastor is.
Is the Heathen really going to have to say this? Seriously, you’re gonna make me say it aren’t you? The amoral, evil, intolerant, judgmental heathen sorcerer is going to be the one that tells the righteous this! Okay, here goes…
Leave Tebow alone. Geez. So the man wants to thank his god for success. Big whoop. As for the theological issue, there have been several Christian groups that believed that the holier you were, the more successful you were, and your holiness could be judged by your success in this world. Which makes sense from a Heathen/Pagan point of view, but I guess that some Christians don’t. Maybe it’s that whole “vow of poverty, meekness, etc” thing.
To my mind, it is good to give thanks to the Gods and Goddesses for success. Especially if you asked them for help before hand. Every holy book and myth is filled with stories of people who got help from the gods, or even just tiny spirits, failed to show the proper respect and found themselves in a world of hurt. Heck, I’ve given offerings to my Gods because it held off raining till I got home from a walk (I had asked Thor not to start till I was safe and dry). It’s just the right thing to do to my mind. The fact that it’s to a god I don’t like doesn’t mean he shouldn’t do it.
It doesn’t mean that others should tell him he can’t/shouldn’t do it either. We have the right to free practice of religion, at least at the moment (this could be changing). That goes for this Heathen, and it goes for Tebow. Our ancestors used to thank the Gods and Goddesses for everything, including our sports games. Let’s not get on a man for keeping up tradition.