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Aaron Rodgers on Tim Tebow Religion Controversy: I Let My Actions Speak for My Character

Aaron Rodgers is the latest NFL quarterback to discuss the way Tim Tebow integrates his religion with football.

The Packers MVP quarterback is a religious man who has pondered how much of his beliefs he would invoke on the field or in interviews. He says he decided a long time ago that he would separate the two and let his actions speak for his character.

“Well I started playing before Tim, so these are things I’ve thought about for a long time,” Rodgers told Jason Wilde during his weekly radio appearance on WAUK. “I think one thing that I tried to look at when I was a younger player, I was always interested in seeing how guys talked in their interviews, talked about their faith, or didn’t talk about their faith.

“I know Bob Costas at one point was critical about a player thanking Jesus Christ after a win, questioning what would happen if that player had lost, or do you really think God cares about winning and losing. I feel like my stance and my desire has always been to follow a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, who said, ‘Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.’

“So basically, I’m not an over-the-top, or an in-your-face kind of guy with my faith. I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act, whether they view it as positive or not. Given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit. I firmly believe, just personally, what works for me, and what I enjoy doing is letting my actions speak about the kind of character that I want to have, and following that quote from St. Francis.”

I’m sure people who are offended by Tebow’s constant praise of the Lord appreciate Rodgers’ approach. We know Jake Plummer, who says he’d like Tebow more if he chilled on the religious stuff, feels that way. And we also know that Kurt Warner thinks Tim Tebow would be more effective if he toned it down. But that doesn’t mean what Rodgers does is right and what Tebow does is wrong. They’ve just chosen different approaches.

We know without a doubt that Tebow has been able to successfully spread his message, and that he doesn’t plan to stop doing so. I’m not sure he should.

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  • Anonymous

    “But that doesn’t mean what Rodgers does is right and what Tebow does is wrong. They’ve just chosen different approaches.
    We know without a doubt that Tebow has been able to successfully spread his message, and that he doesn’t plan to stop doing so. I’m not sure he should.”
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    Excellent point. That just about sums up my opinion on this subject.

    People who get angry or criticize these guys for the way they express their faith have a deeper problem than they care to admit.

    Not one time have I ever heard Tim Tebow say anyone else should believe as he does. He simply expresses his own faith.

    And forget Jake Plummer. He’s just trying to feel relevant again by trying to catch a ride on Tebows bandwagon.

    sorry Jake, your ticket got punched in the AFC championship that you “Plummered” away to Pittsburgh.

  • Anonymous

    “But that doesn’t mean what Rodgers does is right and what Tebow does is wrong. They’ve just chosen different approaches.
    We know without a doubt that Tebow has been able to successfully spread his message, and that he doesn’t plan to stop doing so. I’m not sure he should.”
    ============================

    Excellent point. That just about sums up my opinion on this subject.

    People who get angry or criticize these guys for the way they express their faith have a deeper problem than they care to admit.

    Not one time have I ever heard Tim Tebow say anyone else should believe as he does. He simply expresses his own faith.

    And forget Jake Plummer. He’s just trying to feel relevant again by trying to catch a ride on Tebows bandwagon.

    sorry Jake, your ticket got punched in the AFC championship that you “Plummered” away to Pittsburgh.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CRMOF34AMDNSN5CEBGJXD2OUGM Wayne

    ….not sure how I’d feel if the cashier at the grocery store told me that Jesus ate salmon,too…….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CRMOF34AMDNSN5CEBGJXD2OUGM Wayne

    ….not sure how I’d feel if the cashier at the grocery store told me that Jesus ate salmon,too…….

  • Anonymous

    Jesus Christ is like the ghost. People are sometimes afraid of what they can’t see, or don’t understand. Tebow  perhaps “sees” Jesus in his actions on the field and expresses his manifestation. Most people have a problem discussing their faith in public .In the gospel
    Christ warned ” He Who Denys me before man, I wll deny him before my Father.”

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t think enough people have put the thought
    necessary into the word, eternity.  If
    people would think more about this word and its meaning there wouldn’t be so
    many silly questions about why some Christians are so willing to celebrate and
    share their faith.

     

    If I have to hear one more time, from an Atheist, that
    God, Jesus, Allah, etc… Doesn’t care about who wins a football game I will
    puke.  You don’t even have the ability
    to expand your mind past your own reality and yet you want to tell believers
    what their God DOESN’T, WON’T, OR CAN’T do.

     

     

    We Christians believe in the promise of eternity and if
    you are going to argue or take a stance against us we would appreciate a bit of
    education on your part.

     

    Do you really think that anyone who truly believes in
    Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (the same Jesus Christ that promises life
    everlasting) doesn’t believe he could be in every single facet of every single
    living being?

     

    You would either have to be ignorant or just plain dumb to
    make that argument to a true believer.

     

    What do you think Christians believe will happen for
    eternity?  Do you think they think they
    will just be watching football games and playing checkers and pretty much doing
    what they have been on Earth?

     

    So in a million years, you think someone who believes in
    God, thinks it’s going to be the same ole, same ole for eternity? Please, just let me die and the worms have at
    me, if that’s the case.

     

    God has a plan and you don’t go about giving life
    everlasting so that people can be bored in a few thousand years. 

     

    Think about eternity?  
    In a million years you will have a billion, then a trillion more
    years.  When that is done, that entire
    time will feel like the time it took to blink an eye, compared to how much longer eternity
    lasts.   When you finally wrap your mind
    around all that, you still aren’t even one trillionth of the way through.  That’s eternity.

     

    So you think people who believe in that don’t think God
    can be involved in a football game?  I
    think he’ll manage o.k.

     

    Also, try not to hate God because there are kids starving
    in India and there are crippled and helpless all over Earth.  He knows what is happening you don’t.

     

    For people to be so arrogant as to think they should be
    able to think on God’s level is deplorable.

     

    Maybe those starving kids in India, in about 4 billion
    years, won’t be worrying about what happened to them back then.  Maybe they will have been rewarded so much
    that it doesn’t matter to them.  Maybe on
    their 500 trillionth birthdays they will be able to put it behind them.

     

    People who don’t have faith are typically close minded.

     

    Science says humans use less than 10 or 12 percent of
    their brains capacity.  Yet, some that
    are not even the smartest of humans (at less than 12% capacity of their own
    brains), want to believe they can out think a God that offers eternity.  

     

    No wonder they are Atheists.

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