Shamrock, Ortiz, Rampage and Couture are all big names in the MMA world. UFC is one of the fastest growing sports world-wide and it’s competitors are increasingly becoming celebrities among teenage boys (and men who wish they were!) It’s popular for sure but not universally so – debate rages about the barbaric nature of the fights and their influence on a culture that is already saturated with violence. I occasionally watch this sport but couldn’t be described as an avid fan. I know that some people believe Christians shouldn’t view this stuff and I wonder what they’d make of the likes of Vitor Belfort who is a Christian and UFC fighter. There may be legitimate arguments on both sides of this debate but I am confident that Bible does say to Christians that UFC is wrong – as a title at least.
Roundhouse kicks, arm bars, throw downs, ground and pound, choke holds etc are not the ‘ultimate’ weapons at the disposal of Christian people. Our ‘ultimate’ enemy is not a person in an octagon. Paul the apostle says to the Ephesian Church that the Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place outside the octagon…
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12 ESV
The Ultimate Fight for Christian people is in the spiritual realm. Our weapons are the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus name. We live in a permanent octagon – the battle against evil continues every day. The outcome is not in doubt (even though at times we may feel the full weight of our opponents moves.) Like the MMA guys we need to train ourselves for battle against the enemy and make use of the resources at our disposal so that the devil is resisted and evil overcome.
As Christians, if we don’t realise we’re in a fight it is likely that we will take a beating. The key to success is to acknowledge that there is an opponent, be aware of his strategies and make full use of the superior power we have been given.
you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 ESV