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Being single and a virgin these days is hard enough for ordinary people, but throw in Tim Tebow‘s cult-level of celebrity and you’re presented with even more challenges.

A dating website that specializes in infidelity (and, tragically, boasts more than 13 million anonymous members) has offered $1 million to anyone who can prove they’ve had sex with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

To be 24 and a virgin, as the devout Christian says he is (and we have no reason to doubt) is commendable. To see an outside entity get involved and encourage him to lose his virginity to someone seeking to making a profit is despicable.

“I’m throwing a penalty flag,” wrote Esther Fleece for The Washington Post in response to this million-dollar campaign. “The infraction? Roughing the passer. As well as millions of people worldwide, some people of faith all people of conviction, who live by the same values the passer lives by.”

Many comments following Fleece’s article support Tebow’s lifestyle. One person quoted 1 Timothy 3, writing, “Yea, all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Others have seized the opportunity to criticize Tebow’s commitment to chastity. Wrote one woman on the Washington Post’s website: “Firstly, the guy is choosing to sacrifice the joy of sex in his youth so as to enjoy a feeling of virtuous chastity. That stupidity in itself is punishment enough. He is losing out on one of the best parts of life as part of his fixation on morality.” 

Here at CatholicMatch we engage in regular discussion about the virtues of chaste living, while examining its challenges and temptations.

Two months ago, for instance, I blogged about a CatholicMatch member from Illinois whose virginity became the topic of an article in his local newspaper.

“Should I ever get married, I want my bride to know, regardless of where she was, I was waiting for her and her alone,” the 37-year-old CatholicMatch man told a Daily Herald columnist. “I want to give myself to her as a gift that no one else could have.”

Two months before that I blogged about TLC’s reality show “Virgin Diaries. As usual, I appreciated your insightful comments.

Katie-600979 from Omaha wrote: “It’s not normal anymore to keep one’s V-Card these days. TLC thrives on keeping their programing focused on the “abnormal.” Why would anyone watch socially apt, well-adjusted, un-awkward virgins? They won’t and the TLC execs know it. I think it’s a business decision that reflects our society. When spoiled girls that make sex tapes are no longer placed on pedestals, only then will show content change.”

 

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5 Comments

  1. Lisa Duffy
    Lisa Duffy April 27, 2012

    Excellent post, Christina. Thank you!

  2. Will-836097 April 27, 2012

    I heard about this on the radio the other day while I was driving to work, and I was utterly disgusted, though I can’t say I was entirely surprised.

    Tebow is something of an inspiration for me, because while I have always believed very strongly in saving myself for marriage, unlike Tebow I do not have the eyes and ears of millions of people scrutinizing my every move and word. Remaining celibate before marriage is praiseworthy enough. Doing so when you are a celebrity like Tebow is even more so, I think.

  3. Patty-148888 April 28, 2012

    Thank you for the great article! We need to pray a hedge of protection around “celebrities” and all who are in the public eye espousing the virtue.

  4. Tara-539245 June 13, 2012

    Disgusting. I’m almost done with his book, and I just read the part where he was asked on the spot if he was saving himself for marriage. (Of course, I’d seen the YouTube clip). What a true man. Any woman who thinks she’s “powerful” to try to tempt him is really an insecure person doing something evil.

  5. Paul J. K. September 13, 2012

    Virgins are one in a million. Tramps are a dime a dozen.

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