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Writer-turned-pastor has a lesson for Singletary

Mike Singletary AP

David White is leaving his job covering the 49ers for the San Francisco Chronicle to become senior pastor at the Porterville Church of God, and he’s written a fascinating column on his change in careers that includes some thoughts on the state of Christianity in sports — and includes a shot at one person in particular who, in White’s view, doesn’t practice what he preaches.

White writes that former 49ers coach Mike Singletary is a good example of a man who espouses Christian faith but doesn’t act like a Christian should act.

“Thou shalt not wear a cross around your neck if you’re going to verbally wring the neck of third-string quarterbacks and local sports anchors in full public view,” White writes. “The Scripture says to take up your cross, not nail everyone else to one. Represent or tuck it in.”

While offering a harsh rebuke to Singletary, White cites Tony Dungy as a coach “who let his quiet Christian actions speak louder than his football words.”

White’s column also has some interesting thoughts on players who believe their injuries are God’s will, and why players in the winning locker room seem to credit their victories to God without considering why God would have chosen those in the losing locker room for defeat. The whole column is worth a read.

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33 Responses to “Writer-turned-pastor has a lesson for Singletary”
  1. seahawkhuskyfan says: May 9, 2011 11:05 AM

    I think Mike should have worn a bigger cross.

  2. dexterismyhero says: May 9, 2011 11:08 AM

    “Thou shalt not wear a cross around your neck if you’re going to verbally wring the neck of third-string quarterbacks and local sports anchors in full public view,” White writes. “The Scripture says to take up your cross, not nail everyone else to one. Represent or tuck it in.”
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    Yeah, I hear those words every Sunday at my church. “sarcasm”

    How about just preaching to your flock, and leave football people alone.

  3. nygiantstones says: May 9, 2011 11:11 AM

    Oh God.

  4. polegojim says: May 9, 2011 11:12 AM

    Right on regarding Tony Dungy.

    I have an idea – whatever your faith – BE it, don’t wear it, and definitely don’t wear it on the SIDELINE of a football game. It cheapens it.

    Just like the old John 3:16 signs in the end zones— leave them home.

    There is a time for everything. The stadium is the time for football. It’s a place to BE a Christian, or whatever you are, but not overtly advertise and force it upon others.

  5. koch23jk says: May 9, 2011 11:14 AM

    It does always bug the crap out of me when an athlete gives a post game interview and thanks god for any of what just happened.

  6. joelvis72 says: May 9, 2011 11:17 AM

    Thou shall not drop trou in front of thy team.

  7. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 9, 2011 11:18 AM

    I think he is leaving his writing job cause he found out how lucrative the pastoring profession is.

    Send me your paycheck, your savings, and everything you have and I will heal you my gullible believers. For $160 I will sign any item you bring to my palace. For $200 I will sign your jockeys.
    I am the one and only, believe in me, and remember the Lord wants you to give EVERY week.

  8. lovesportsandsurfing says: May 9, 2011 11:24 AM

    David white left his job as a Niner beat reporter to go live in maybe the worst city of this state, Porterville,…outsiders think alls well with the Niners,..but it is a bigger mess then imaginable,..until the Yorks are gone, it will only get worse,..Baalke is a fraud,..I feel bad for Harbaugh,…he already realizes what a mistake hes made.

  9. chapnastier says: May 9, 2011 11:25 AM

    It took a while but finally PFT found a way to plug Dungy.

  10. pacificamjr says: May 9, 2011 11:25 AM

    thou shalt not drop your pants at halftime…
    JUST SAYIN’

  11. adogdc says: May 9, 2011 11:27 AM

    “Thou shalt not wear a cross around your neck if you’re going to verbally wring the neck of third-string quarterbacks and local sports anchors in full public view,” White writes. “The Scripture says to take up your cross, not nail everyone else to one. Represent or tuck it in.”

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    One man’s view on a certain religion does not make it the gospel. And I would disagree with these statements.

    And why must these people drag Tony Dungy’s name through this? It doesn’t even corralate. Dungy has won one SB with Peyton Manning. That would be underacheiving in my book.

  12. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 9, 2011 11:33 AM

    adogdc says:
    “And why must these people drag Tony Dungy’s name through this?”

    **************************************

    Just beatin him to the punch. Cause we all know Saint Dungy will offer up his “wisdom” whether requested or not eventually. He has to insert his opinion into everything anyway.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: May 9, 2011 11:41 AM

    “and why players in the winning locker room seem to credit their victories to God without considering why God would have chosen those in the losing locker room for defeat. ”

    God I miss George Carlin:

    “Why is it these guys always thank God when they win, but never blame him when they lose. ‘It was God. God made me fumble that ball at the goal line’.”

  14. jamie54 says: May 9, 2011 11:48 AM

    The way he acted I always thought it was a vampire warding off type of thing, like a vampire would DVR a game so’s they could watch it when they wake up at night and Singletary’s cross would say, keep away from me Vladdy! Didn’t think he ever acted with so much faith at least to his players. Maybe he did, but did not come across that way in public.

  15. arzcardinals says: May 9, 2011 12:04 PM

    As a Cardinals fan I’m glad Mike is gone…for selfish reasons…he had that team moving in the right direction.
    Say what you want, but as an opponent in the NFC West they were the best team. They had a few breaks not go their way. He was coaching them up.
    I thought he was a strong willed, winning attitude coach. He had his one blow up where he dropped his pants…big deal.
    Had he not gone ape on Vernon he wouldn’t be the pro bowl player he is today.
    I respected Mike.

  16. koch23jk says: May 9, 2011 12:08 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    May 9, 2011 11:41 AM
    “and why players in the winning locker room seem to credit their victories to God without considering why God would have chosen those in the losing locker room for defeat. ”

    God I miss George Carlin:

    “Why is it these guys always thank God when they win, but never blame him when they lose. ‘It was God. God made me fumble that ball at the goal line’.”

    —————————————–
    That is until Stevie Johnson came along and dropped the pass in the endzone that would have beat the steelers…

  17. JSpicoli says: May 9, 2011 12:20 PM

    You know Singletary was bad when dude takes shots at him a year later, as he is writing his goodbye note.

  18. hedleykow says: May 9, 2011 12:22 PM

    It’s hard to doubt a coaches faith when essentially every play that he runs is a hail mary.

  19. massraider says: May 9, 2011 12:31 PM

    How very Christian of Mr. White to explain why Singletary wasn’t behaving as a Christian.

  20. uncleb3 says: May 9, 2011 12:31 PM

    I’m not a Singletary fan, but who is this guy to pass judgement?

  21. fartography says: May 9, 2011 12:33 PM

    Singletary is a saint compared to some of the teachers at my catholic high school. And they had the full uniforms to go with the cross.

  22. albigverg says: May 9, 2011 12:39 PM

    Being from the Bay area I can tell you with certainty that David White sucks… Good riddence.. hopefully the chronicle finds a more insightful football mind.

  23. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: May 9, 2011 12:43 PM

    @iamtalkingsolistenandlearn

    You have no idea what you’re talking about. Yes, there are ‘pastors” out there that make a ton of money scamming people. But those guys are few and far between.

    Most pastors are on call 24/7. Traffic accidents, family emergencies, etc. Most perform funerals, weddings, baptisms that are in addition to their normal work. Many have people showing up at their door looking for handouts at 2am. And most do their jobs as best they can without complaint and with a willingness to serve.

  24. hobartbaker says: May 9, 2011 1:13 PM

    Thou shalt not wear diamond encrusted crosses that are worth more than most people’s automobiles.

    Thou shalt not discover religion after the judge has handed down your jail sentence.

    Thou shalt not say the Lord has blessed you when you’re all shot up with PEDs and have been since you were 16 years old.

  25. capslockkey says: May 9, 2011 1:24 PM

    See, this is why I’m not a “practicing” Christian anymore. The churches have become more about passing judgement on others than living the words of Jesus. What gives this guy the right to say what Singletary has done expressing his beliefs is wrong?

  26. thephantomstranger says: May 9, 2011 1:35 PM

    “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:15-20

    In other words, a person’s actions demonstrate whether his or her faith is real.

  27. Slackmo says: May 9, 2011 1:38 PM

    Singletary will not TRY to be a better Christian, he WILL be a better Christian.

  28. bhooks says: May 9, 2011 2:13 PM

    Anyone who starts a statement towards another human being with the words “Thou shalt not” has a serious god complex…

    Who does this guy think he is Moses?
    Seriously…? Come on, who are you to judge and so blatantly attack ones religious being or intimacy…

    People like this guy are who SHOULD NOT be preaching to anyone. He does not understand the gospel or the teachings of Jesus Christ…

  29. giraffesturbation says: May 9, 2011 2:15 PM

    Hmmm… Singletary wears a cross and chokes his players… Catholic priests wear crosses and molest alter boys… Kanye West wears a HUGE cross and acts like an idiot pretty much all the time.. The girl at the coffee shop wears a cross and won’t have sex with me…

    Seems like everyone who wears a cross is part of the same parade of jerks

  30. voiceofrealism says: May 9, 2011 3:49 PM

    Hey White,

    Judge not lest ye…..
    Well I’m sure you know the drill. I’m not religious, but I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t make statements starting with Thou Shalt Not and try to pass them off as commandments.

  31. therealsmiley says: May 9, 2011 3:55 PM

    Very funny Hedleykow!! Hail!!

  32. kaakwha says: May 9, 2011 4:08 PM

    …. That is until Stevie Johnson came along and dropped the pass in the endzone that would have beat the steelers…”

    OH NO!!. You mean that God waves a terrible towel!?!? No wonder Flacco chokes in the face of Polamalu!

  33. commandercornpone says: May 10, 2011 9:20 PM

    another reason i prefer to use humor to make my points, as opposed to religion per se.

    but when one uses humor, one never gets forgiven for that.

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