Aaron Rodgers

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Religious

27 Dec 2019

In an interview in the podcast Pretty Intense, Aaron Rodgers said

I started questioning things. I had friends with other beliefs. I enjoyed learning, it’s part of my life. I had some good friendships along the way that helped me figure out what exactly I wanted to believe in, and ultimately rules, regulations and binary systems don’t resonate with me. [...] It’s been a fun path to a different type of spirituality, which to me has been more meaningful. [...] Church on Sundays was more like, 'Make sure you dress a certain way, don’t bring that person, this person’s going to get looked at strangely if they show up. I think, again, it’s very black and white in a binary sense, but I don’t think it’s very welcoming. [...] I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery hell. What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn most of his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?
Summary

Rodgers grew up in a Christian home and is very devout about it, though not nearly as outspoken about it as his fellow NFL quarterback Tim Tebow

Rodgers hasn't said much about his political views, but his actions--including being a union rep, signing a petition to recall Wisconsin's Republican governor, and graduating from UC Berkeley--point to strong Democrat/liberal leanings.

Editorial

Aaron Rodgers was born in Chico, California and grew up between Ukiah, California, Beaverton, Oregon and moved back to Chico where he graduated from high school.

Rodgers grew up in a very Christian home and he is very devout to this day. He said of his upbringing:

I grew up knowing what a stable relationship was by my parents' example and how it centered on Christ. When our family had its ups and downs, I knew my parents relied on God for everything and He always got us through those rough spots.[1]

If you dig deep into Aaron Rodgers' faith, it's surprising how devoted to Jesus Christ he is. And by virtue of the fact that he's a star NFL quarterback who is religious, he's often compared to mega-Christian Tim Tebow, with the clear distinction being that Rodgers is much less obvious about his faith. He commented on this once, saying:

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.[2]

It's unclear exactly which denomination Rodgers adheres to, but based on the fact that, according to this source, he "asked Jesus to be his savior when he was very young,"[3] one could easily make the assumption that Rodgers is some kind of born-again Christian.

A Political Hail Mary

One would assume that because of the level of Rodgers' devotion to Christianity, he would be rather conservative regarding social issues–and we could just go on assuming that! Rodgers hasn't really commented on any social issues.

However, a few pieces of evidence point to the contrary. First of all, Rodgers attended and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.[4] Anybody who knows about American colleges knows that Berkeley is arguably the most liberal college in the U.S.

If Rodgers is vague about his stance on social issues, he's made his stance on fiscal issues very clear. First, he's the union rep for the Green Bay Packer's Player's Union.[5] Beyond that, Rodgers signed a petition to recall Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker,[6] putting him squarely in the Democrat corner and possibly the fiscally liberal camp–though we won't go so far as to make that assumption.

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