Bryce Harper on his religious beliefs: ‘I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow’
We all know that Tim Tebow is a very, very religious man. He has always gone out of his way to spread the Christian faith and thank God for all the good that has happened in his life. Less people know about Bryce Harper’s religious faith, although he takes it just as seriously.
Harper is a devout Mormon. He writes “Luke 1:37″ on every autograph he signs, which is a bible verse that reads, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” According to The Washington Times, Harper also attended seminary classes at 5 a.m. every weekday during high school. However, he said he tries not to share his religious beliefs with anyone unless they ask.
“If somebody asks me about it, I’ll tell them about it, but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow,” he said, noting that he meant no offense toward Tebow.
Other religious NFL players have accused Tebow of talking about his faith too much. Unlike other Mormons, Harper decided not to go on a Mormon mission but instead pursue a career in professional baseball. He said that decision was driven by his mother’s advice.
“My mom always told me, ‘You can touch a lot more lives playing baseball and doing good things than you would on a mission,'” Harper said. “It’s very true. Shoot, I’ll tweet about God and get 1,500 retweets and it’s like, that just went to 1,500 people or more.
“I’m going to try to be the best person I can off the field [and promote my faith that way]. What I say is, ‘I try to be the best walking Book of Mormon as I can.'”
Instead of preaching, Harper simply turns reporters into a punchline if they ask a “clown” question about him doing something that would go against his religious beliefs. As they say, to each his own.