They say there is a first time for everything, and for the first ever in the 15 years of Hollywood’s World of Sports I am writing about something that involves Christianity and my beliefs as a Christian. For those who don’t know my personal story, I was born with Congenital Heart Disease, my liver outside of my body and bilateral club feet. I was only given less than a week back in 1985 so do the math. I am still here, and I truly believe in the healing and miraculous power of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With that being said, I was randomly on YouTube recently and I saw a rare interview with The Undertaker. I started watching this interview and noticed that he was being interviewed by a Pastor. My first thought was, what in the world is The Undertaking doing being interviewed by Pastor Ed Young? I watched the entire interview and there were two things that blew me away. I had no idea that The Undertaker was a devout Christian, and secondly I have never seen a Pastor take aspects of pro wrestling and put them into multiple sermons.
Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship did a four week series called Wrastlin. The series revolved around Jacob from the Old Testament and how he wrestled with certain people and wrestled with certain issues. Not only did Pastor Young interview The Undertaker. He also brought out Sting, “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase and Ric Flair the first three Sundays to share their personal stories of downfall into redemption. Much like these three wrestlers Jacob had a lot of downfalls, but he found redemption. I find it fitting that Pastor Young used four of the most popular wrestlers in this series, because the wrestling industry has seen a lot of downfalls. It has also seen a lot of redemption in the form of stars like Shawn Michaels, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, Scott and the four wrestlers Pastor Young interviewed. As a sports blogger, I don’t want recite every single word that was said and don’t want to fill this article with a ton of biblical quotes. I am not ashamed of my beliefs, but I also know when there are people wiser than I am about biblical knowledge. I do want to leave you with you a couple of quotes from Pastor Young and Ted Dibiase:
“Are you trading your future for the temporary? Don’t give up God’s best for an empty bowl of beans!” -Pastor Ed Young
“The difference between Heaven and Hell is 18 inches … the distance between your head and your heart.” -Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase
“So often God does not bless us until he breaks us.” -Pastor Ed Young
“God doesn’t give us what we WANT … he gives us what we NEED” -Pastor Ed Young
Even though I don’t live in Texas, don’t go to Fellowship Church and don’t know Pastor Ed Young personally I find his personality and messages to be very enthusiastic and energetic. I also appreciate that he is a lifelong pro wrestling fan and has such a passion for it. To learn more about Pastor Young’s Ministry and work, check him out at http://edyoung.com