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Jesus Didn’t Tap

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Humor, Religion

The meaning of this phrase, seen today stuck to somebody’s truck window, wasn’t immediately obvious. Though my first guess was that it had something to do with wrestling, I momentarily imagined that “Jesus Didn’t Tap” summed up His rejection of the dance style after failing to place in a local tap dance competition.

“I’ll take up carpentry instead,” moaned the disappointed Savior

A quick search revealed the phrase to be the name of a web site that sells Christian-themed MMA apparel. The slogan is a reference to the notion that Jesus Christ didn’t “tap out” or give up despite the pain of crucifixion.

In the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, to “tap” is to quit or give up. The message of the Jesus Didn’t Tap line is that Jesus didn’t quit after going through unimaginable suffering and pain when he was crucified on the cross.

“Ohh,” I thought, ignoring the redundant wording. “So Jesus didn’t throw in the towel when the going got tough and neither should you!” But, then again, He didn’t really have a choice, did He? I mean, even if he had tried to rip his arms free from the nails embedded in his flesh,it sort of would have screwed with God’s plan, now wouldn’t it? How else would salvation have been granted to humanity if He had not died?

“Well that’s not the way it was supposed to happen!”

So in this version of events, trying to break free of the cross and living would have been considered giving up, whereas dying and being brought back to life by God was the macho thing to do. Seems backwards, but I digress.

There’s nothing like a sports analogy to drive home the meaning of sacrifice and shared struggle to the American public. Likewise, it’s much easier for the masses to grasp an epic battle against evil when it is framed in terms of sports. We can get to the action of Jesus putting a chokehold on evil without delving into the finer points of morality or justice. Borrrring!

So much awesomeness…

That’s where Jesus Didn’t Tap comes in. They are “one of the first” (oh dear, there’s more than one?) Christian-based MMA clothing companies to “hit the scene” and they’re putting the Jew in Jiu-Jitsu.

I wasn’t joking

The company offers followers of Christ t-shirts, hoodies, hats, MMA gloves, boxing gloves, rash guards, tanks, and shorts. I wonder why no robes or sandals?

It isn’t really a fair fight if one contestant is omnipotent, is it?

I hope none of the subtlety is lost on anyone.

The company aims to represent both the competitiveness of MMA and honoring God in all of their designs and hopes it will help spread the Christian message of salvation to a whole new audience.

Now you can pound the honor of God into your opponent with a new Jesus-emblazoned boxing glove! Any why not sneak in a jab at the Constitution with a little fusing of state and religion while you’re at it? Happy shopping!