Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Pastor and Paragon of Manliness, Called Tim Tebow a Wimp
Just when you thought Robert Jeffress was going to let his jilting at the hands of Tim Tebow slip away, forgotten, after just one news cycle, the First Baptist mega-pastor took to the pulpit on Sunday and questioned the quarterback's manhood.
"I am grateful for men of God like these who are willing to stand up and act like men rather than wimping out when it gets a little controversial and an inconvenient thing to stand for the truth," he said. "God bless men like that."
He was referring, of course, to Tebow's discovery of "new information" that prompted him to publicly cancel a planned Easter Sunday visit after every media outlet everywhere reminded him of Jeffress' views on homosexuality.
The insult was oblique enough to elicit mushy headlines in the style of "Did Pastor Robert Jeffress Slam Tim Tebow for 'Wimping Out?'" but, really, whom else would he be talking about in a YouTube clip posted by First Baptist with the title "Dr. Jeffress Responds to Tebow Controversy"
Of course, there's something deliciously ironic about Jeffress, a twig of a man who may or may not be able to bench press a dandelion, calling out Tebow, who, whatever his flaws as a quarterback, is a ridiculous physical specimen, for weakness. This is apparently meant in a purely spiritual sense, but we don't think that should stop them from settling things with a mixed martial arts cage match.
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