Would Jesus Condemn Tim Tebow for Praying Like the Pharisees?

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A liberal columnist from Virginia has written an article comparing Tim Tebow to the Pharisees that Jesus Christ often had to contend with, saying that the way the Denver Broncos quarterback prays on the sidelines at NFL games is just as bad as the way Pharisees prayed on street corners to gain attention.

“Jesus Christ blasted the Pharisees for making a Hollywood production out of praying,” Robert Paul Reyes wrote in an article that was published Monday by The Student Operated Press.
“These religious leaders, clad in their flowing white robes, loved to pray in public, where they could be seen by everyone. The humble carpenter from Nazareth warned these sanctimonious hypocrites: Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?”
He says that every time Tebow prays on the football field he violates Jesus’ command in Matthew 6:5, which says, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”
But is there a difference between Tebow’s on-the-field prayers, often on bended knee, and those of the Pharisees?
Andy Ferguson, senior pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., says that he doesn’t believe that Tebow’s actions are at “the level of the Pharisees.” He actually appreciates the quarterback’s willingness to be so open about his faith, though he acknowledges it may be seen as offensive by some people.
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SOURCE: Christian Post
Jeff Schapiro