Jesus is becoming more manly, less feminine, able to take an earthly beating and provide an eternal one. Think Passion of Christ. In an age of cowboy diplomacy and unilateral militarism, this Jesus stands behind us, intimidating demon and unbeliever alike. Joe Six-pack has six-pack chiseled Jesus.Well, I am here, thanks to reader Katie, to offer another example: a Missouri pastor is staging a mixed martial arts cage-themed service on Easter in order to bring people into Church and reach out to those with a "disconnected" faith. The mixed martial arts is supposed to teach people about the suffering - the passion - Jesus endured while on the cross; apparently the strain of the fighters can teach people about the strain of Jesus on the cross. Glorious money quote:
"In the mixed martial arts arena, in that octagon, there's an expression. And that expression is, don't tap out. And [Jesus] didn't tap out," said Pastor Thomas Sykes. "He took every blow and he wound up becoming victorious."Obviously, there won't actually be a fight, but the pastor is bringing in a fighter to relate to Jesus' struggles.