jockey Fool for Christ

NBA star Manute Bol mixes it up with his fellow jockeys.

I was caught off guard this weekend when a new Touchstone reader told me she was a little put off by the magazine, saying she found it “a little too negative.”  Too negative?!  It was Flannery O’Connor who advised us to “push back against the culture as hard as it pushes against you.  What people don’t realize is how much religion costs.  They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.”  Well Touchstone pushes back.  

But my friend makes a good point.  When we stop and think about all we have to be thankful for, it’s astounding that we (not Touchstone) let ourselves sometimes slip into worry and even despair.

boxing Fool for Christ

Manute Bol goes up against William “The Refrigerator” Perry.

So as I was still mulling over my friend’s demand for something more uplifting, my mind went to a joyous story I stumbled across in the Wall Street Journal from some years back about the 7-foot, 7-inch Manute Bol, who played in the NBA from 1985-1995.  If you are wondering what the title of this post, and the pictures above are all about, you’ll have to read the story.  And after you finish the WSJ story, go to Manute Bol’s Wikipedia entry and read the section titled “Activism.”   I don’t know if I’ll ever hear the words “fool for Christ” again without thinking of Manute Bol.