Why is Tim Tebow’s Cancellation Significant?

By Denny Burk

In a series of tweets, Tim Tebow has announced that he has cancelled his upcoming appearance at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.

I’ve met Pastor Jeffress (and have had the pleasure to visit First Baptist) and found him to be a man of God. His comments about homosexuality in the past lacked nuance and tact, but as far as I can tell, they basically reflect the orthodox view on homosexuality.Of course, it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. I love Tim Tebow but must admit I am disappointed that he apparently felt the need to back out of this speaking engagement due to public pressure. I suppose he didn’t want to die on this hill, but if First Baptist of Dallas is now seen as out of bounds, how soon will it be until the rest of us are, too?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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