By now, every American not actually living under a rock knows about the faith of Tim Tebow. But what about Steelers quaterback Roethlisberger, a fellow Evangelical who was accused of sexual assault in 2010? His less trumpeted story of redemption is the flip side of Evangelicalism, argue Patheos’s own Patton Dodd and David Kuo in Sunday’s Washington Post. They write:
Tebow and Roethlisberger point to the essential aspects of evangelicalism, the ones that make it persist — its missionary, proclamatory character on the one hand, and its private, searching piety on the other. The former wants to appeal to the whole world, which is why Tebow’s family raised him not only to preach, but to persuade others with a winning demeanor. The latter wants a changed life; Roethlisberger, in evangelical parlance, rededicated his life to Jesus after a period of backsliding, because he knew no other way to break his pattern of misbehavior.
The entire article is a great read and should be shared with your sons, especially teens. It dovetails with my appeal to singer Katy Perry to reembrace the faith of her youth.