Saturday, April 19, 2008

Is it WRONG for Christians to be fans of the UFC?

@ reviews the implications for Christians and Mixed Martial Arts.

Think about it:
Is all violence sinful? Is all killing sinful? Is all war sinful?

Lets consider a few more questions:
Should no Christian physically defend himself or his family?

Re-defining concepts to fit one's own agenda:
I think there is a huge misunderstanding concerning the definition of "violence" and the nature of the UFC and MMA contests.

Just having fun:

Competition is not sinful violence:

Psalm 11:5 says, "The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth." But don't waste your time. That verse is not talking about MMA or the UFC. That verse is talking about criminal violence.

The UFC competitors are individuals who are willingly participating in a sport.

Athletic boxing is not sinful. Athletic wrestling is not sinful. Athletic martial arts are not sinful. The UFC is sanctioned by the State Athletic Commission in such major states as California, New Jersey, Nevada, Florida & Louisiana. T

Biblically speaking:
I had one commenter use Genesis 6:11 as a proof-text that the UFC is "violent and God hates it." But I ask, did God really flood the earth in the days of Noah because everyone was playing sports?

Paul says that an elder should not be violent in 1 Timothy 3:3. Does anyone think that Paul has athletics in mind?

In fact, the Apostle Paul was very fond of using athletic terms to illustrate the Christian walk. (1 Cor 9:24-27; Galatians 2:1-2; Galatians 5:7; 2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Critics or Hypocrites?

Why not?

Hoping against hope:


My Response:

Matthew Kratz said...

As a pastor who trains at a local martial arts dojo (Premier Martial Arts) I have found that MMA training has greatly helped me get back into shape. It has enabled me to have more stamina for all things, greater concentration, less stress and a general improved disposition. While not for everyone, the physical activity has been a perfect match for me and enabled me to be a better pastor.

Some might argue that I could have taken up other sports, which is possible. Some may think that this is free for all fighting, which it certainly is not. This is very controlled and disciplined athletic training.

After watching my kids participate, I took up the sport and it has been a great family activity.


Other interesting thoughts on Ultimate Fighting Championship:

Have we returned to the days of the gladiator?

Video: UFC Explained
MMA Primer
Portrait of a fighter: Georges St. Pierre
Video: A debate about mixed martial arts versus boxing
Report (PDF): This study says MMA fighters are less likely than boxers to suffer from brain injuries.

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