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.”