Have you ever wondered if it is? Is wrestling fake?
When I was a kid we had wrestling every week on WTVY Channel 4, Dothan. The main event was always Greg Peterson against Mario Galinto. Mario was the bad guy. Well, a friend of mine was best friends with the owner of the station, and one day he told me he knew who was going to win on Saturday. “How do you know?” I asked.
“It’ fake.” He said.
“No way, man. No way,” I objected.
Well, every week he knew beforehand who would win. After that, I began to doubt that maybe the Lone Ranger wasn’t real.
I read a quote from a former professional wrestler, one-time governor of Minnesota who said something like this: “Organized religion is a crutch for the weak-minded.” How about that? Someone whose wrestling name was “Jesse the Body Ventura” calling us “weak-minded.” Actually his quote is not that original. Karl Marx wrote in his book on communism that religion is the “opiate of the people.” In other words, we must be slightly drugged to be religious. Reminds me of a church sign that read: “Weak – minded Welcome.” Hmmm.
In God’s house everyone is welcome – the weak-minded, the intellectuals, and wrestlers. Still our faith should not be an excuse for weak-mindedness. Just because we are saved by faith doesn’t mean we throw out our brains. We may be “fools for Christ,” as the apostle Paul
says, but that doesn’t mean we are to be God’s ignoramuses. We honor Christ when we take seriously all that he has given us, including our ability to think, discover, question,
learn, and grow. It is a sad, sad testimony that over the centuries Christians have denied the world was round, denied that the earth revolved around the sun, or that dinosaurs ever existed.
When I was in high school I read a book called “The Late Great Plane Earth” by Hal Lindsey. It sold millions, no make that gazillions, of copies. It was a book about the second coming of
Christ, the Tribulation, Armageddon, etc. Well, he was flat out wrong in his predictions, and the book had the poorest scholarship you could ever imagine. Quite frankly, it was a piece of
junk. Yet he made millions of dollars off gullible people. Guess what? I saw him on TV a few years ago. Same message. Different audience. More money. Why don’t we start using our
brains and our hearts?
There was a fifth-grade school teacher who planned to show a movie to her class. The movie was based on an award winning children’s book. According to the teacher, who was herself a committed Christian, the movie about the book was also excellent and would be, not only appropriate for her class, but very educational and inspirational.
Well, she got a call from a concerned parent. This parent, also a Christian, thought the
movie would be inappropriate for her child to watch. “Ma’am, have you read the book?”
the teacher asked.
“Well, no,” said the mom.
“Have you seen the movie?” the teacher asked.
Well, no,” said the mom.
“Then why do you think it would be inappropriate?” the teacher queried.
“I pulled a review of it off the internet,” said the insistent mother.
The teacher went to the internet and found the review, done
by a Christian group. She said the review was very inaccurate and unfair. So, a Christian mom, who hadn’t read the book or seen the movie, was letting some internet group do all her thinking for her.
She was loving God with her heart but not her mind.
God needs Christians who are passionate with the heart and the mind. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” (Mark 12:30).