Just when you think that the Tim Tebow story can’t get any more bizarre, along comes internet “dating” website Ashley Madison (“Life is short. Have an Affair”) to offer a $1 million bounty on the New York Jets’ quarterback. Not to be confused with a New Orleans Saints’ bounty – which was also morally repugnant — Ashley Madison’s bounty will be given to anyone (I’m assuming both men or women) who can provide proof that Tim Tebow is not, in fact, a virgin, as he has long claimed. I thought it would be hard to top New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski’s crude comment about Tebow’s virginity, but I think this easily beats Gronk. That, in itself, is pretty pathetic. And, it is further evidence of America’s rapid descent into the moral abyss.
Who could even imagine 15 years ago that a website would not only offer a bounty to prove someone’s immorality, but that this same website (which I will not link to) — itself a purveyor of immorality — proudly boasts that it is the “most recognized name in infidelity.” Regardless of one’s opinion of Tim Tebow and regardless of whether or not one believes that the Ten Commandments (including the prohibition against adultery) is true, there should be a general revulsion at the Madison bounty. You don’t even have to go all Pat Robertson — talking about “God’s punishment of the wicked,” — but if there was ever a reason for God’s righteous judgment, it would be for such evil and despicable schemes as the proprietors of Ashley Madison have unveiled.
Why should we be surprised, though, at the reprehensible actions of a website which promotes adultery? This is simply par for the course in our sex-saturated culture. I’m quite sure that Ashley Madison’s founder, Noel Biderman, is so warped in his moral view that he cannot even distinguish good from evil. According to Scripture, that’s not an enviable position for Biderman (or anyone else) to be in:
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, ESV)
When committing adultery is considered good and remaining a virgin until marriage is considered bad and, when killing an unborn baby is considered good and giving birth to a Down’s Syndrome baby is considered bad, we have lurched precipitously closer to the moral abyss. How has our culture become so enamored with the dark and so embittered against the light? Has our culture become so debased that people would cheer, not just for Tim Tebow’s defeat on the football field (which is legitimate and understandable), but would also cheer his moral defeat as well? What does that say about individuals who would take pleasure in the moral failings of others?
Before you answer that question, put yourself in the shoes of Tim Tebow — the man, not the football player. Better yet, imagine Tim Tebow as your son, grandson, brother, or best friend. If people started actively rooting for you or someone you know to fall flat on their face — morally speaking — how would you feel? If someone was betting for your marriage to fail or for your son to mess up his life by getting hooked on drugs, would you view that as morally neutral or as morally repugnant? Would you simply laugh it off, not paying attention to the pleasure that others would have in your demise?
These are questions that we cannot ignore, particularly if we want America to avoid the moral abyss. In the end, this is not really about Tim Tebow. It is about our culture and the culture that we will leave our children and grandchildren. Most folks will either choose to ignore Ashley Madison’s vulgar bounty. Many will be tempted to ridicule Tim Tebow’s virginity. Some will defend Ashley Madison. That’s all well and good, but at the end of the day, “all that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent.” Too many good men and women have remained silent in the face of evil. When that happens, the moral adulterers of the world win. And, that’s not gonna be good for anybody! Let your voices be heard!