O.K. here it is, I promised last night to share this story with you about the Wrestling controversy in Iowa.  Should guys and girls wrestle each other competitively in High School.   Both sides of the argument have been well (and passionately) represented.  So now its your turn to “weigh in” on the controversy.

Love to hear what you think.

Al Mohler has a good article on the subject, you can read it here:


Wrestle with this…

6 thoughts on “Wrestle with this…

  • March 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I didn’t want to hurt your man pride!

  • March 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love your “For the record…” at the end Heather 🙂 LOL – I saw you in the Suma Suit (you got worked) and I was taking it easy on you at the Joust and you we almost crying when I was done with you…

  • March 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I’m glad to see guys really “wrestling” with this. I’m proud that you guys respect us!!
    I don’t agree with boy vs. girl wrestling. There are so many risks of sexual harassment that if I listed them i would be leaving a very lengthy comment, but it also promotes this idea that men and women are the exactly the same. That’s not true. My body does different things from yours. Failing to recognize those differences means we fail to recognize some of the unique roles God created us for.
    But for the record I think I could totally beat you guys up, in a boxing match that is!

  • February 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Awesome question Josh, I would say I would respond with sitting her down and explaining why i don’t want her to wrestle with boys then show her verses like 1 COR 6:18 and 1 TIM 2:9 where is says “I (Paul) want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety..” and i do not think a wrestling uniform will fit this description.
    Then hopefully discuss openly with my daughter on some other sports like soccer that are still physical, but has a woman’s league.

    What do you think??

  • February 25, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Great Article

    Man…. Good wisdom Chris. Those verses were perfect for me

    This article is really convicting for me because it makes me realize how far I have fallen from being a true man of God. I don’t view nor treat women the way I should, like Joel from this article demonstrates. And I do feel that Joel made the right choice in choosing not to wrestle. His reasoning for why he didn’t wrestle tells me so much about his character. Its amazing how an article based on a single action of another believer can sharpen your character (proverbs 27:17).

    It begs some interesting questions though;
    Is it wrong for a women to want to wrestle competitively? And if her only option is to do it with boys, does that instantly make it not ok?
    Lets say I have a daughter and she comes up to me one day and tells me she wants to wrestle. Assuming that it is coed and she will be wrestling with guys, How am I, as a Christain dad trying to raise my daughter up as biblically as possible, suppost to respond?

    I would love to hear some thoughts on this.

    Anways, thank you Noah for putting up the article and thank you Chris for those verses. Im inspired to put my FULL effort into looking at girls through God’s eyes, and treating them the way He wants me to treat them.

  • February 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I totally agree with what Joel Northrup did. I think high school boys lack this type of respect for woman and it is refreshing to see this brother stand for what the Bible teaches us in 1 Tim 5:2 that we need to treat “younger women as sisters, with absolute purity”. Which is also reiterating can have even “a hint of sexual immorality.” (Ephesians 5:3).

    So I would conclude that by these verses telling me that i can’t even touch another woman (other than my wife), let alone wrestle with her, and I also have to treat younger women as my physical sisters with absolute purity, I think I would have to give Joel a pat on the back and shake his hand for really living out his relationship with Christ.


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