Jason and Tim

I have nothing against Jason Collins, the journeyman NBA center who “came out” yesterday to great applause. Frankly, I think most sports fans would have had a hard time picking him out of a police lineup before his “courageous” decision. This seems like a good career move for Collins, whose playing days are nearly over. Maybe he’ll get a talk show when he hangs up his sneakers. He seems like a good guy, and I wish him continued success, but I think the comparisons to Jackie Robinson are a bit rich.

Frankly, I think the most courageous person in sport is Tim Tebow, who is a bold witness to his faith, even though this is decidedly unpopular in the larger culture. By the way, Tebow, a proven leader and winner at every level, can’t get a job right now, and I can’t help but wonder how much of this is because of his outspokenness for Christ.

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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