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Superman, Ali and Jesus

Most of us are aware at this point that Muhammad Ali passed away a few days ago.  There has rarely been as controversial figure in recent history.  Whether you loved or hated him for his braggadocio, his conversion to Islam or his refusal to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, it is difficult to recall anyone who was more of a lightning rod for controversy.

I loved Ali as a kid.  I didn’t really watch boxing as a young child, but I would see him on Candid Camera and get excited any time he was on.  This caused some conflict with my Vietnam serving father.  Despite, and perhaps because of, my dad’s strong feelings I continued to like Ali, maybe just to spite him.  That’s another story and the subject of another day.

The bottom line is that, for a time, Muhammad Ali was the most famous person on the planet, accomplishing the rare feat of the being the most loved and the most hated man alive.  He even fought Superman.

DC Comics published an over-sized comic entitled Superman vs Muhammad Ali.  In order to defend Earth against an alien invasion, Superman and Ali fought.  Superman temporarily gave up his powers and Ali won the fight.  The plot isn’t really all that important.  What’s important is that Ali was so famous that he fought Superman.  The closest thing most people could compare it to would be Michael Jordan being in Space Jam.

I’ve seen a lot of opinions on Ali since his passing.  Some were in tribute.  Many vilified.  There was no middle ground.

I tweeted that what Ali did in life, ultimately, wasn’t important.  What was important was whether he knew Jesus.  What would Jesus have said to Ali if He had met him?

I think I know the answer.  Or answers.  They would have all been variations of the same one.

The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the gospel.

It’s the same for me.  It’s the same for you.  It’s the same for everyone.

Ali may have floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, but if he had followed Jesus, he wouldn’t have felt the sting of death.

It’s easy to make strong, bold statements about someone like Ali.  It’s easy to call him a draft dodger or a great humanitarian.  But in Christ, there is neither draft dodger, nor humanitarian.

Someone responded to my tweet that Ali was a professed Muslim.  This is true.  Unfortunately, there will be plenty of professed Baptists dying in the same state as Ali, not knowing Christ.  Plenty of whatever brand of Christianity we are part of will do the same.

My plea to you is to not die without knowing Christ today.  We who follow Him can do all sorts of things to make this Christianity thing complex.  It’s really simple.

The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the gospel.

 

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  1. June 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I’m with you Larry. There is no middle ground when it comes to eternity either. Sorry Mr. Ali.

    One story I remember being told is Ali was flying once and told to buckle his seatbelt. He told the stewardess “Superman don’t need a seatbelt.” She responded, “Superman don’t need an airplane either.” Just thought I’d add some humor.

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