Generation Tat

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton is a true rarity.  Not only is he talented and charming, he’s a 22 year old professional athlete who has no tattoos or piercings.

In terms of athletes, Newton is the anti- Chris Anderson:

This week, Cam Newton became  the flash point of a semi-racial controversy when Jerry Richardson, the white Panthers owner, asked him to stay un-pierced and un-tatted for the length of his employment with the team.

Many people immediately cried foul.  How could a white man ask a black man not to get tattoos and earrings, especially when earrings and tattoos are such a big part of black culture?
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The False Gospel of Success

I want to tell you about a God-fearing young man who, after a standout college football career, was drafted by an NFL team and met with enough success to be considered for a starting job in only his second season.

If you think that I’m a little late in joining the party surrounding Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, you’re wrong. I’m actually arriving early for the Colt McCoy party.

It’s as impossible to miss Tim Tebow, and the circus that surrounds him, as it is improbable to take notice of Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

It really shouldn’t be this way… but it is.

Tim Tebow is everything that America wants to believe in.  He’s big, courageous, handsome, athletic, and the son of pious missionaries who raised him right.  He’s bold, honest, strong as an ox, doesn’t touch tobacco or alcohol, and looks so good with his shirt off that shirts don’t mind when he doesn’t wear them.

He’s a two-time national champion, a Heisman trophy winner, and spokesperson for everything that James Dobson has ever believed in or dreamed about.  Tim Tebow is a generous champion for everything that is “right” and that appears to be the only wrong with him.

Tim Tebow is a winner, and he’s held up as the image of the kind of life we could lead if we would just “let go and let God.”

Tebow is the paragon of an innumerable multitude of fans, his was the #1 selling NFL jersey before he’d ever played a pro game, who don’t just argue that he’s “doing it the right way”, but who also need to believe that he is, because his success validates everything they believe in.

As a Christian I have a deep respect and appreciation for Tebow’s courage and conviction.  I also harbor significant fears for him.

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It’s Just Not Fair

The other day I was at “Yogurt Wave” and I almost gagged.  It had nothing to do with the quality of the product I was consuming, or the extreme proliferation of self-serve frozen yogurt shops, and everything to do with finally reaching my threshold of tolerance for hearing the phrase “It’s not fair!”

If you are a mom you’ve already guessed why it was said; someone got more yogurt than someone else.

Whether it’s professional athletes arguing with team owners, politicians playing chicken with our finances, or teenagers lamenting a life altering loss during C.O.D.4, I think we are all beginning to grow weary of hearing how unfair circumstance is.

“It’s not fair!” is an amazing sentence because even though we hate hearing it, we never really grow tired of saying it.

If there’s anything worse than hearing about how unfair life is, it’s probably hearing the standard response to the fairness issue.  Remember the first time you heard someone say, “Life isn’t fair, deal with it?”  It’s like your heart was being boiled in a pot of tears as your soul was being hit in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer.

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