Originally posted on ChurchSalt:
I am fully aware that what I am about to say will draw the ire of many evangelical folk all around my country, but I am going to say it anyway. Recently, professional football player Tim Tebow has trademarked his practice of kneeling in honor of the Lord when on the football field. While I am sure he has plenty of reasons that, to him, sound logical and good, here is the simple fact: For centuries followers of Jesus Christ have bowed their knees in reverence to their Master. But now…we other believers can’t? With the trademark now in place, if I bow my knee to Jesus Christ without express written permission from Tim Tebow I can be sued in a court of law. I find this to be absolutely shocking!
Tim Tebow started doing this ancient and traditional gesture out of honor to the God that gave Him life. Now, Tebow seems to be of the mind that this is his gesture alone. Of course, I understand that we “everyday believers” are not the folk Mr. Tebow is trying to protect “his” gesture from, but rather the critics and those who would disparage and dishonor the Lord through sarcastic & insulting imitations. And while I understand the desire to protect the omnipotent, all-powerful Lord from those who would mock Him, is enacting a public and legal proclamation that only he, Tim Tebow, may bow the knee to Jesus really the way to do that? I think not! What of other public figures who might wish to thank God in similar fashion, but are now prohibited? What of over-zealous law enforcement officers who may indeed try to apply this copyright to an average citizen they see engaged in a religious activity of which they disapprove? They now have legal grounds to interrupt and order a cessation of these activities. And what of myself and millions of others who regularly bow their knee to Christ? A few weeks ago, we weren’t breaking the law when we did this, but now when we do it (whether seen or unseen) we are breaking U.S. law.
Philippians 2:10-11 says this: