Martial arts and worshipping Jesus Christ aren't two subjects one expects to see coalescing, however there's apparently a robust movement of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters within America's diverse Christian community.
A new documentary film called "Fight Church" plans to delve into this intriguing culture, while showcasing why Bible-believing individuals and churches engage in activities that many dismiss as violent and anti-Biblical.
"Fight Church" goes beyond merely exploring Christians who enjoy engaging in professional fighting. Instead, it also explores the ministries that train and equip these church members. A synopsis of the movie perfectly summarizes its premise:
Director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) team up with Producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer (The Hammer) for a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts, including ministries which train fighters. The film follows several pastors and popular fighters in their quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that many consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face?
Already, the film has reached its Kickstarter goal, surpassing the $30,000 benchmark and bringing in $31,286. This may not come as a surprise, as Storkel already gained some notoriety for his last film, "Holy Rollers" -- a movie that documented professional card-counting Christians, as The Blaze previously reported.
"At the end of the day it's about reaching people for the Gospel," proclaims one of the interview subjects in a trailer for "Fight Church" that is currently being promoted.
Below, watch the clip, which provides a preview of the bizarre and intriguing interviews and events that viewers can expect to see:
What do you think? Based on the clip and the opposing sides -- those who believe the fighting is based in Christian sentiment and those who don't -- where do you stand? Take the poll, below: