Pastor Tom: Yeah, we watch it pretty closely. I'm not religious with it, but I enjoy how it's overtaken boxing. We Pay Per View it a lot. I don't see anything wrong with it, especially since they put on gloves. It's not as barbaric as it used to be.
If Christ were a UFC fighter, which one would he be?
Hmm, I don't' know. I think he'd be a Forest Griffin type. Vicious but yet forgiving. I always make fun of people's images of Christ. The hippie Christ. The Chirst with the long flowing air, like he came straight from the salon. I make fun of that. I don't think he was that kind of man. I think Jesus was a man's man. Him and his disciples. I tell people they probably had teeth missing.
Now then. The two big questions: Is this actually going to be in the church? And what does two nearly naked men beating each other to a pulp have to do with Christ's resurrection?
Well, it's not actually two guys from UFC coming together to fight. We do a lot of drama and theatrics at our services, so this will be playing into that. We have a guy from the local amateur MMA league who comes to services, so we'll have him gear up and show some techniques. Then I'll show what the fight for faith was about. But no, there won't be an actual event with Kimbo Slice and Chuck Liddell coming in. I wish I could see that.
The Ultimate Fighting is something we're doing to promote to the guys. We want to make Easter relevant again. We don't want to make it about lilies and nice dresses. When they walk in we'll have a chain link fence set up, it'll be set up like an octagon. We'll talk about fact that Jesus didn't tap out, he was an ultimate fighter.
Wow. I guess Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies just don't attract the kids like they used to.
No, they really don't. We're doing Easter Smack Down for our kids. It's not going to be an egg hunt. It'll be a Smack Down. It'll be a cool event. Kids love wrestling. We got inflatable boxing ring and all that stuff. I'm sure we'll get our share of criticism for that.
Why don't you just challenge the other pastors in town to a showdown in the octagon?
That would be cool!
I guess you really kick ass for the Lord.
Yeah, that's it! That's what we're doing and we love every minute of it.