Was That Fishers of Men or Fighters of Men?

February 25, 2010

Some churches are now offering classes in mixed martial arts and are staging fights --all in an effort to attract a demographic largely absent from many churches, namely young men 18 to 30. As the New York Times has reported, these churches are now hearing shouts of "Finish the fight! To the Head!" Besides trying to attract more young men to the pews (and to the fight ring), this emphasis on muscular Christianity reflects the desire of some clergy to inject more machismo into their churches.

Funny, I had not noticed a dearth of male-friendly doctrine in religious institutions.

But, in any event, I say more power to them. Churches have always used a number of different programs and promotional devices to get people in the door, whether it's bingo, free doughnuts, couples nights, or the blessing of pets. Perhaps now some cutting-edge churches can combine some of these efforts so we can have a couples fight night on which bets can be taken.

Just remember the first rule of Fight Club in churches is not "Don't talk about Fight Club" but "Tithe."

Comments:

#1 TPO (Guest) on Monday March 01, 2010 at 2:22pm

I started noticing “Christian” dojos pop-up in Alabama over a decade ago so it’s not surprising that churches are now using the martial arts as a requiting tool.

#2 gray1 on Thursday March 11, 2010 at 7:55pm

Church often amounts to the poor man’s country club.  Taken seriously, a tithe of 10% might be a real bargain considering all the facilities, fellowship, family activities including day care, etc. that many churches now offer not to mention the opportunity for business and social networking. 

Would you rather seriously look for a possible spouse by trolling through a party time “meat market” or within any number of church singles groups?  How about for the second or third time?  And do you really know where your children are?  Such might give pause for thought even as so many non-religious Christians and Jews still show up at church or temple for their own good reasons.

My fav has to be with the openly gay co-worker who wasn’t at all religious except for the opportunity his church membership provided for time with the great pipe organ that he loved to play. Something for everyone?

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