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‘Tim Tebow gets KISS of support from rocker Gene Simmons’

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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Newly-signed New England Patriots quarterback Tebow talks to reporters following practice session during mandatory team mini-camp in Foxborough, Massachusetts, June 11, 2013 (Credit: Reuters/Bryan Snyder)

I don’t know of any human being who generates stranger headlines than Tim Tebow.

You know the story: he led the Broncos to the playoffs, winning in the first round.  Then he was signed by the Jets, where he languished on the bench.  Then he was signed by the Patriots, but released before the season began.  All the while, “Why I Hate Tim Tebow” articles continue to appear.

Now the Moscow Black Storm, a Russian team competing in the American Football Championship of Russia, has offered him $1 million to appear in two games.  Meanwhile, fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars staged a rally this week to convince their team to sign him.  However, only a dozen people showed up.

Then came the strangest headline I can remember: “Tim Tebow Gets ‘KISS’ of Support From Rocker Gene Simmons.”  KISS is one of the most infamous hard rock bands in history.  Known for fire breathing and blood spitting, the group includes bass player Gene Simmons, aka “The Demon.”

Now Simmons has come out in support of Tebow: “He’s got religious passion, as well he should.  We’re in America.  He’s proud to be a Christian.  What’s wrong with that?  And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion.  Really?  In America?  If he was wearing a burqa, they wouldn’t dare say anything.  The guy’s got family values.  I never saw the media picking on Michael Vick for torturing dogs. . . . But a guy who’s religious and has got family values isn’t cool?  He’s cool to me.”

Why is Simmons commenting on Tim Tebow?  He and fellow KISS member Paul Stanley are co-owners of the LA KISS, a new Arena Football League team.  They want Tebow to be their quarterback when the team begins play next year.  Simmons promises, “He’ll get the respect that he didn’t get in the NFL.”

Tebow has maintained remarkable integrity through the years.  An extensive Internet search this morning did not turn up a single moral allegation against him.  Steadfastly refusing to criticize his critics, he continues to live a life God can bless and use.

Tim Tebow’s platform is unique, but so is yours.  No one else has your personal influence.  God could have assigned you any place and time in history, but he put you where you are today.  You are a picture of Jesus, with a Kingdom assignment like no other.

Tim Tebow’s continuing fame is proof of the maxim, “Set yourself on fire with passion and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

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