Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Another Christian Warrior

From time to time, this blog has featured stories of people whose lives have been touched and transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ.  One of the most memorable of these was the lengthy testimony of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Today, we move up from the Middleweight to the Heavyweight division, and get a glimpse of the uncompromising witness of Tyson Fury.

Fury, 27, is a native of Ireland, and comes from a "Traveler" family, often called Gypsies.  On November 28 of this year, he defeated Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine, who had held the World Heavyweight Championship longer than anyone in history, other than Joe Louis: Klitschko was Champion for nine years.  Now, Tyson Fury (yes, he was named after Mike Tyson), has taken the title.

But, really, that's not the important thing about Fury.  The important thing is his Christian faith.  Earlier this year, he outraged the "politically correct" sporting press by making the following statement:

"There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home. One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia. So who would have thought in the 50s and early 60s that those first two would be legalised. … For me, people can say 'oh, you’re against abortions and you're against paedophilia, you're against homosexuality, you're against whatever' but my faith and my culture is all based on the Bible. The Bible was written a long time ago, wasn't it, from the beginning of time until now so if I follow that and that tells me it's wrong, then it's wrong for me."

As a result of these comments, despite his victory over Klitschko, Fury was denied the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.  But it's unlikely that such a thing will keep him awake at night.

Here's what's important to this young man: watch the entire video, especially the heartfelt interview in the second half.  His honesty about his spiritual struggles will sound familiar to every Christian:

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Like anyone in the spotlight (or out of it), Tyson Fury isn't perfect, and as a young man, he'll make his share of mistakes in the future.  But in God's sight, he is perfectly righteous, because he has given his life to Christ, and received His righteousness.  His boxing career could end tomorrow, or in twenty years, but as is the case of all believers, he will spend his lifetime in spiritual warfare.  We rejoice in his testimony, and he deserves our prayers.


Klitschko ducks Fury

See also:
Manny Pacquiao: a Spiritual Awakening 

2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful witness of the Gospel of Christ!

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  2. In this day and age when Christ, Christianity and all associated with it are mocked and scorned, it's always refreshing to hear a solid and enthusiastic testimony. Thanks for posting that.

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