The title implies that there might only be one–ever–on this blog. That would be nice. But alas it’s probably more accurate to call this the January sport and Christianity post. And that’s only because the Superbowl doesn’t happen until February.
Because the sports world–or at least the sports world I live in which is a slightly different reality from say the ESPN sports world others inhabit–is abuzz with the Tim Tebow Superbowl ad brought to you by my favoritest group evah: Focus on the Family. Of course the ad is being paid for by a few generous and seemingly anonymous individuals and not coming out FOF’s general budget.
But now several women’s groups are asking CBS, which has a policy against airing “contentious advocacy ads” which was why they rejected an ad from the United Church of Christ that welcomed all types of people to their congregations–including gays, lesbians, and other queer-type people.
But CBS does not seem to be concerned about the pro-life ad which features Tebow and his mother who did not abort him when she got ill during her fifth pregnancy.
Focus on the Family is playing all coy and naive though saying they don’t know what the furor is all about; they’re ad is just about the importance of family.
For more on Christianity in professional sport check out this column by the author of Onward Christian Athletes: Turning Ballparks into Pulpits and Players into Preachers. The book was released last fall and discusses organized Christianity in professional basketball, football, and baseball. All men’s sports, though. No women.