Occasionally, something provokes a sharp clash of faiths, such as the moving of footballer Tim Tebow to the New York area.
Tebow thinks football is just a game. It is to be played or watched, and afterward to go home and forget. Yet, to be played and enjoyed competitively. But, football is not a way of life. It has no sustenance, and it’s overall worth in our modern society, is vastly overvalued. Tebow, although good at what he does, just does not take football so serious, as do many other people.
Tebow says his primary purpose in life is to share his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I could add with a lost and exceedingly wicked world. His faith is a faith of permanence. This permanence is a cause of true and lasting value.
Conversely, the clash with Tebow from the secular world involves people whose life satisfaction and desires revolve around various pleasures, including football. They awake with this game on their mind; remains in their mind on and off during the day, and still there when they retire at night. This is especially true of some of the more rabid spectators. In the broad sense you could call this faith, as it has faith characteristics. A secular faith of superficially that begins empty and remains empty.
To suggest sports and pleasure might not be so important could be, at least irreverent, and maybe sacrilegious in some venues.
With Tebow, on the heels of the Asian basketball player, Jeremy Lin, also a devout Christian; maybe the New York media will recognize there are other faiths. Yes, true and lasting faiths.