But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.-2 Timothy 3:15
Turn on the news today and it is quite easy to become disheartened. The media has become dishonest, biased and it is rapidly becoming anti-Christian. The media praises men of the world, while at the same time they demonize Godly men. Two people illustrate this point perfectly: Chelsea Manning and Tim Tebow.
Manning vs. Tebow
Why compare Tim Tebow and Chelsea Manning? First of all, they were born just a few months apart in 1987. Next, both of them chose careers that are typically considered to be manly or alpha male jobs (soldier and professional athlete). Finally, both of them have received massive amounts of media coverage and notoriety. At first glance, these two might seem like odd people to compare, but their age, their careers, and their notoriety make for a great comparison. Most importantly, these two people perfectly illustrate the anti-Christian bias of the media.
Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning) was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking the largest cache of classified documents in United States history. Even though many people consider Manning a traitor, Manning is a hero to many on the left. In 2014, Manning legally had his name changed. Manning also requested hormone therapy and the right to live as a woman. On January 17th, 2017 President Obama commuted all but four months of Manning’s sentence. Since being released from prison, Chelsea Manning has turned into a transgender icon and a liberal activist. Manning has used her twitter account to call for the abolition of borders, police, and prisons. Even though many would consider her tweets toxic, she has received many favorable articles from numerous media outlets and appeared on the cover of Vogue.
On the other end of the social spectrum is Tim Tebow. Tebow is a devout Christian and a professional athlete. After winning a Heisman Trophy and two National Championships at the University of Florida, Tebow was selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Unfortunately, his career in the NFL was short and mostly unsuccessful. Since leaving the NFL, Tebow has reemerged as a minor league baseball player for the New York Mets. By all accounts, Tebow is an outstanding teammate and human being, but for some reason, sports journalists have made an entire industry out of mocking him. It is true that Tebow has not become a superstar professional athlete, but there is a minute amount of people who have ever become superstar professional athletes. Instead of being appreciative of Tebow’s determination and Godly behavior, pundits mock him because of his faith.
It is very sad to see what has become of America. A nation can be judged by who is considered to be heroes and role models. In America, journalists sing the praises of a person convicted of leaking classified information because they are transgender. At the same time the media openly criticizes a professional athlete because of his Christian faith. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for biter.” I will leave it up to biblical scholars to argue whether or not we are living in the last day, but does not take a biblical scholar to figure out that we are living in a nation with serious moral problems.