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Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 7:50 pm
 
'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living,' Warner said of Tebow. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There are any number of theories for why Tim Tebow is so divisive: his funky throwing motion (more precisely: his struggles with arm strength and accuracy), the media deification dating back to his days at Florida and, occasionally, his religious beliefs are cited.

The real reason: Tebow wins. Nobody cares about losers, the god they pray to or how they go about their business. They're losers, after all.

Well, since taking over the starting job from Kyle Orton in late October, Tebow and the Broncos are 5-1, 6-5 overall, and just one game back of the Raiders in the AFC West. Ironically, winning has converted some of Tebow's critics because he's shown that a high school offense, in the right hands, can work in the complicated world of NFL schemes and strategies.

Still, some folks have grown tired of all the ancillary stuff, including the Tebowing phenomenon and the religious implications behind it.

Last week, former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said this: "I think [Tebow's] a winner and I respect that about him. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff … like you know, I understand dude where you’re coming from … but he is a baller."


Tim Tebow has won three straight games and is 5-1 since becoming the starter in Week 7. CBS Sports' Shannon Sharpe sat down with Tebow, head coach John Fox and Champ Bailey to discuss the Broncos turnaround as well as Tebow's future at QB.

Tebow's response: "I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner, but I feel like every time I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise he is due for it because what he did for me, and what he did on the cross for all of us."

But Kurt Warner, former Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP whose faith is also a big part of his existence, also thinks Tebow should tone it down a tad.

"You can't help but cheer for a guy like that," Warner said, according to the Arizona Republic. "But I'd tell him, 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.'

"I know what he's going through, and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don't want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don't understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you're starting to see that a little bit."

Warner speaks from experience. There was a time earlier in his career when he was a lot like Tebow. And he found that networks would often edit out his religious references during taped interviews.

"There's almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, 'I want to thank my Lord and savior,' " Warner said. "As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic.

"The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after."

Warner's onto something. He's well respected by those in the league, the media, and the fans, and his actions -- more than this words -- carry weight with all of them. Tebow is free to worship as he sees fit, but as the Republic's Dan Bickley writes, "On his journey, Warner found his biggest impact on people came during his personal struggles, when he had no platform, when he was relegated to the bench and people witnessed how magnificently he handled demotions and adversity."

Which is what Plummer was saying and Warner reiterated.

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Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:46 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6



Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:45 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:44 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Posted on: November 30, 2011  9:19 amScore: 113

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

 
"I don't see how anyone can honestly say that a Christianity does not have the stated goal of converting others - converting = pushing Christian beliefs.  You can rationalize it any which way you want - it is still pushing.  Sure, those people that don't want to be coverted can ignore those advances as best they are able, but that doesn't mean those advances are not pushing. "


You're parsing words. Expressing a belief is not pushing. Vocalizing an idea is not pushing. Pushing (as is commonly meant when talking about religion) would be if you told a Jehovah's Witness no thanks and closed the door and they kept banging away a yelling scripture thru your door. A person on a television, that you choose to watch, expressing his belief is not 'pushing'. It is and only ever will be him talking and you choosing to listen or not listen. Pushing implies force on an unwilling recipient, you choose to watch the NFL games and interviews and you know that Tebow is going to say that stuff so you are no longer considered 'forced' or pushed upon.    


And no, attempting to convert is not "by anyone's standard" pushing. I am anyone and I don't think it's pushing to have someone try to convert me by vocalizing their beliefs. It's when they threaten to cut of my head if I don't convert that I consider it intrusive. (yes that is a little extreme ;) )


I never once stated that I thought the poster was or was not a 'True' Christian. I said his posting doesn't lend credence to his claims. That would be cause and effect. If he had said he wasn't a racist then dropped the 'N' bomb I would say that his statements (the N word) don't lend credence to his claims (I am not a racist). See how that works?


You're incorrect in the assumption that 'not even Christians can decide......." There is a very easy way to gauge whom is and who is not a Christian. Do they follow Christ? All the rest is ecumenics and largely immaterial to the core beliefs. My statement was and is a challenge to him to rectify his stated 'Christianity' vs his other statements that don't reflect that.       
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Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:43 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

You need to read Matthew 6:6, where we are told to "go into the closet and pray privately, and God will see, and He will reward openly."



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:40 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Evryone is wieging in on Tim Tebow.    I have an opinion too ...   Kurt Warner's opinion carries a lot of weight being an outpsoken Christian athlete and and MVP and Super Bowl winner.

Kurt has room to advise Tim Tebow, but certainly this kind of steer should be personal.  And not via CBS SPortsline.

The rest of us who watch sports, and critique the actions of Nd Suh kicking, Brett Favre's cellphone, and TIm Tebow need to take a break and step back - we have no room to nit pick Tebow for simple displays of belief.

You can alway tune the TV to the NBA during the Bronco games, and flip to the NHL during NFL Primetime when the Bronco highlights come on if Tim Tebow is just so darn ofensive and bothersome.

For me, I cannot judge him .... I repsect his conviction, I respect his winning, I respect his competitiveness, and so long as he wins ... it's his stage to say whatever he so desires. 

Therest of us spectators are just that ... spectators with an opinion.  

But even for an icon of a QB and Chrisitian Athlete like Kurt Warner the opinion might be best kept quiet and of CBS Sportsline.





Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:33 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

The Lord wants us to tell everyone about the goodness of God, however what Kurt said is true.  The best example of who we are as a person is how we live.  Someone posted "Get a "F$#&I!G" life, this just goes to show you some people either can't handle the truth are they simply may not be ready to hear the truth.  That's the reason why we should let our light shine before the world.  Tebow is the man, he may not ever be the greatest QB to ever play the game but he has and will have an effect of someones life during his time in the NFL and whatever else God has planned for him.  We often try to understand things that are not meant for us to understand, God does not need permission from a team owner, head coach, fan, or the media to place people where he wants them.  God is in control!!



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:24 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Kurt Warner was right... to an extent....

Yeah you should show people your love of Christ by the way you live, but you don't just sit on God and act as though you don't know who you serve. Jesus said "Go out onto the Highways and Hedges and preach the Gospel", so don't hide Jesus under a bushel, Share the NEWS! Gospel means, "Good News", NEWS wouldn't be NEWS unless it's being spread around.

BUT! It's not supposed to be pressed and pushed onto people. This is a free-will religion. It's yours either to accept or reject, it's your call. Don't be a Fanatic (as people would say) and Judge people and look down on them and push Jesus onto them.

My advice to Tebow,

1. KEEP GOD FIRST in everything that you do! and everything else will come together after that.

2. Don't push people into Christ. Live YOUR life and let people see the GOD in you.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:24 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I provided a direct contradiction to his statement which was about religion and sports. Welcome to logic 101. You don't like it? Ignore it.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:19 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

"He has the Lord on his side, and while many do not buy in to that or believe that, it is true."

I believe that. I also believe Aaron Rodgers has Zeus on his side.



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:18 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I'd just like to say after perusing the comments that the Buddha was a PERSON and never claimed nor thought himself to be God/a god.  

In fact the Buddha is credited with saying "if you see the Buddha walking on the road...kill him."  His point?  Don't worship him.  And perhaps there are Buddhists who try to convert people, but really that would seem contrary to their nature...just some thoughts. 


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