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Things that we shouldn’t be

While chastising religious folk for moralizing and proselytizing, the media juggernaut’s hypocrisy shines through in its language.  They have something to say about life and this world.  They pick a side and argue it, but only implicitly.  One sneaky way they do that is by carefully inserting phrases or descriptors that are meant to give the reader a slight nudge toward a perspective.  The following is one of many things we shouldn’t be, according to our culture.

The New England Patriots have released polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow, [emphasis mine]

We shouldn’t be polarizing.  What does polarizing mean?  It means that the person causes divisions.  The person does not conform to established implicit customs.  They don’t “get along” with the culture, in the sense of going along with what everyone else is doing.

Tebow is polarizing because he expresses his views and his attitude attempts to be Christ’s.  I don’t really know his story very well, but I know that there are a lot of Tebow-haters (and lovers) out there who hate (or love) what he says and how he acts…because he tries to be Christlike.  This is a sin against the (pretentious) established custom that if your views are contrary to the cultural zeitgeist, you should really keep them to yourself.  We don’t want to rustle any feathers.  We don’t want to offend anyone by claiming an alternative perspective.  Ironies about this perspective are many.

  1. If one shouldn’t express strong opinions or values, then there shouldn’t be anyone telling me that, because that meant that they are expressing their strong, polarizing values.
  2. So many others are polarizing, such as politicians.  Most politicians are polarizing.  Religious figures are polarizing.  Whole sports teams are polarizing.  You can’t just be “meh” about the Yankees–you either love em or hate em.

What is most astounding is that the drama of our culture over the past century is a cycle.  The revolutionaries (political, military, or cultural) perceive an injustice.  That take arms (or sometimes pens, or just take over academia) and gain a tremendous amount of power.  One would think that once they have this power, they would use it to achieve justice?  No.  Not at all.  While using and abusing the narrative of justice, they establish their own order of justice.  They change the definitions.  They change the language to teach us deeper realities about life.

Would that we all were so bold as to be polarizing.  That would mean that we would stand for something.  That people identified specific principles we hold dearly upon which we base the actions of our lives.  I think that is partly what Jesus means when he says that he comes not for peace, but for division.

Update:

Not surprisingly, ESPN updated their post about this story.  In that story, there is no mention of “polarizing” or any sort of perspective taken against Tebow.  Kudos to ESPN for staying objective and staying out of the culture wars.  Perhaps they have gotten enough guff with their decision not to produce a piece about the negative effects of concussions on NFL athletes, purportedly due to being bribed by the NFL to stay quiet.