Tim Tebow's Christianity Draws Careful Encouragement From Kurt Warner

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow sits on the bench during the first half of their NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Florida October 23, 2011.
By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
November 29, 2011|11:09 am

Tim Tebow has become a viral name and a stand out Christian character in recent months, and now even has former Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner, a Christian, commenting on his field gestures of Christ.

Tebow has become an inspirational leader for his Denver Broncos as he has rallied the team back from the brink of failure countless times each week. Even more inspirational is his persistence to give God the glory at every opportunity possible.

"I'd tell him (Tebow), 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living," Warner said to the Arizona Republic. "Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony."

According to The Post Game, Warner feels Tebow's outward profession of Christianity might be having an adverse effect to the people he's trying to reach.

"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 said to the Arizona Republic.

Warner continued, "There's almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, 'I want to thank my Lord and savior.' 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."

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The retired Quarterback is correct when he said Tebow is misunderstood and people are starting to resent him. Just a few weeks ago former Broncos QB lashed out at Tebow.

In an interview with 910-AM in Phoenix he said, “I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates. 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 time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.”

Tebow recently explained the reason he is so vocal about his Christianity in a phone interview with ESPN.

"If you're married and you have a wife and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife 'I love her' the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity?"

"So any time I get an opportunity to tell Him that I love Him or given an opportunity to shout Him out on national TV, I'm gonna take that opportunity," Tebow explained.

 

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