Tim Tebow, 24, an American football player in the National Football League (NHL), is a Christian, and very vocal about it with fans, in clinics, hospitals, market places, schools, and orphanages.
He gets down on his knees and prays before every game. He had admitted being a virgin, and is willing to wait for marriage. He'd wear biblical references on his black eye paint.
Jason Collins, 34, is an American basketball player (center) in the NBA. Over a month ago, Collins announced, “I am gay,” the first active male player in any of the big four of American sports leagues—baseball, hockey, basketball, and football—to come out openly about his sexual preference.
Collin had kept this secret to himself, telling no one about it—not even his twin brother—until his announcement.
Who gets booed and who gets applauded?
He is mocked by TV sports commentators for openly praying and speaking about Jesus at every chance he gets. Tebow also gets hate messages for having remained a virgin.
The practice of leaving messages on the black eye patch has since been banned by the NFL.
About the same time that Collins admitted his homosexuality, Tebow was sacked by his team, the Jets, and there are no job offers from other teams.
In a speech before an audience of about 3,000 at Lake Michigan College, Tebow said, "I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future."
Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant—plus a legion of fans and celebrities—has heaped upon Collins statements of support. Pres. Obama personally called Collins to laud him for his honesty. Michelle Obama was effusive in saying publicly how much Collins is loved.
Collins is now called a "new hero" for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes, who also gave him a “courage award.” Many predict Collins would earn millions in endorsements and speaking engagements from companies seeking to capture the LGBT population whose buying power is huge.
On Twitter, Collins wrote, "All the support I have received today is truly inspirational.”
A few weeks ago, the NHL announced a new program teaching tolerance and giving support to gay athletes.
Lord, we need Your grace to understand Your Word: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20) Amen.
(P.S. Two days ago, Filipina singer Charice Pempengco went on national TV to announce, "Yes, I am a lesbian.” She explained why she had her body tattooed, and how free and wonderful she now feels. Like Collins, she was applauded, and is being praised for her courage.)