A Sit Down with MMA Prospect Cody Ziemer

Posted: October 13, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Discipleship/Sanctification, Ethics, Sports
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I had the opportunity to sit down with Cody Ziemer last week and chat about his fighting career. He attends the church I pastor, Sovereign Grace Fellowship, and is a rising star here in the Idaho Fight League. He recently just won a fight out of state and has an upcoming fight in Las Vegas.

In our chat, he listed Bruce Lee as his fighting inspiration, whom he watched as a young teen. He trains hard and aspires to improve his skills so that he might compete with the elite fighters of the world.

When I asked Cody how his Christian faith integrates into his fighting; he responded by stating that he aspires to be an honorable fighter, who respects his opponents. He said that some folks fight with the sole intent of hurting people and take pleasure in injuring people. Cody prays before every fight for the safety of himself and his opponent.

Cody packs quickness and strength in his 155 pound frame and unleashes quick powerful kicks to the upperbody of his opponents.

Now, some of you might be wondering whether Christians should even box or fight when their success usually correlates with inflicting pain upon an opponent. I simply would state that I think it is a sport and a conscious issue that each Christian needs to resolve in their own mind. The Apostle Paul used an illustration from fighting when he states that he doesn’t throw punches aimlessly in the air…apparently, Paul watched fighting and even incorporated insights observed into his letter to the Corinthians. Such illustrations would make no sense to an audience that abstained from watching fights…so I think it is safe to state that it is okay for Christians to view fighting as a sport…but I would also defer to one’s conscience on teh issue. Here is an interesting post on this topic: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/40136-mma-what-would-jesus-do

I pray for Cody and hope that he excels in his MMA career. I pray for his safety and the safety of all that he fights. I pray that God would be glorified in how Cody conducts himself…not as a brute beast, but rather as  a honorable man of God.

  1. erwinswetnam says:

    Cody DID win in Las Vegas. Congrats my friend!


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