Military Presses for CHRIST!

I remember very clearly a traveling ministry that came to speak at my church when I was about 14 years old. They were called "Power Force" and were comprised of about 10 or so bodybuilders, strongmen, and athletes, who all put on a dazzling display of strength and power tricks before a stunned audience.

They would drive nails through wood with their bare hands. They could crush a soda can with just an index finger and thumb. They could rip a phonebook in half. They could bench press six hundred pounds. And all of these things somehow related back to the strength of Christ's love and the empowerment they felt from believing in Jesus... Or something like that. I was 14. I was probably staring at some pretty girl in the pew across from me.

Now, I'm not picking on people who feel empowered to do things through their religion, especially things that are really of no consequence to anyone. They weren't flying airplanes into buildings or bombing abortion clinics - they're just, you know... Bench pressing for Christ. Or something. So mostly, it's harmless... But even at 14, I didn't quite get this. It made no sense to me.

Anyway, I got to thinking about these guys today, so I decided I'd look them up. And if I'm not mistaken, these are they.

I dunno... I just find it so fucking strange that someone would dedicate their lives to bending iron rods into hoops in the name of Jesus. I mean, does this really accomplish anything substantive? Are there people out there who have found the lord through watching a freak pound nails into wood with his bare hands?

Again, I'm not picking on Christianity or Christians... Just these nuts. I'm not quite sure I get it. I don't think I'd get it if these folks were praising Allah through feats of strength, or transcending material desire for Buddah through these acts, or intending to impress Shiva the destroyer or lure Thor and Loki from Asgard... Whatever religion you want to introduce, I'm not sure how ripping a phone book in half really does much in the name of it.

I dunno why this popped into my brain today... It's just been one of those days I guess. I will say, though, that no matter what you think of the Bulging Steroided-Out Muscle Junkies for Christ, their domain name is fucking unwieldy. At the very least, they should get a handle on that thing.