However, right in the middle of Mr. Dodd's train of thought, he wrote:
"Mr. Tebow may indeed turn out to be a hypocrite, like other high-profile Christians in recent memory. Some of us might even want that to happen, because moral failure is something we understand. We know how to deal with disappointed expectations, to turn our songs of praise into condemnation.
What we are far less sure how to do is to take seriously a public figure's seemingly admirable character and professions of higher purpose. We don't know how to trust goodness.
And who can blame us? We don't want to be fooled again."
Wow, what an attitude! On the one hand, you want to say that no one is without sin. We all, both Christians and non-Christians, never fully live up to all that we say we believe. In that sense, we are all hypocrites. On the other hand, though, we would have to agree with Mr. Dodd because there are too many high-profile "Christians" who go down in flames due to moral failure ... I mean gross, public sin.
So what are we to make of this all? First, I think we should pray that Christians like Tim Tebow, who have the spotlight on them all the time, would walk in holiness. Even little people, like us, have an audience watching, waiting, maybe even hoping that we will fall "because moral failure is something [they] understand."
Second, our righteousness does not depend on how well we perform in this life. This was settled once and for all through the sinless life and perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. The believer can do nothing to add or subtract from his position in Christ.
Third, there is something at stake and it is the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. We do not want to profane His holy name through our evil deeds. So, we must take the apostle Peter's words as our marching orders:
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11-12 ESV)