Why does it take an atheist to point out that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a “Christian,” in making flamboyant displays of public prayer, is actually not following Jesus’s explicit admonition in the Sermon on the Mount not to do this?
Here’s atheist David Silverman being quoted in a CBS Denver news story:
It is not surprising Tebow ignores Matthew 6:5 in which Jesus says, ‘When you pray, do not pray like the hypocrites in the street.’
It’s “not surprising” that Tim Tebow ignores Matthew 6:5 because he’s either: (1) stupidly ignorant of his own religion; or (2) not actually a serious follower of the Jesus depicted in the Gospel of Matthew.
Either way, that doesn’t reflect well on Tim Tebow.
But why aren’t Christians themselves more vocal about this?
Might it be because most of those who declare for Jesus aren’t actually serious followers of Christ themselves?
American-style “Christianity” would probably be seen by the first followers of Jesus as a grotesque mockery of what they actually believed. Those contemporary unbelievers who deride this heretical form of Christianity are justified in doing so. The true spirit of Jesus, which was non-conformist and outraged by what is false, belongs more to them than to most Americans who call themselves “Christians.”
Contemporary atheists are “angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2) in our midst. Listen to them.