Manute Bol

This giant of a man died last week at the age of 47, and the world is diminished by his passing. During the course of his basketball career, Bol gave away most of his $6 million fortune, to aid Sudanese refugees. When the basketball was over, and the money gone, he humbled himself  in order to continue his mission in Sudan

 For some reason I find myself unable to fully articulate my feelings, so I will quote  excerpts from a Wall Street Journal column by Jon A. Shields.

“…….is one player who never received redemption in the eyes of sports journalists. His life embodied an older , Christian conception of redemption that as been badly obscured by its current usage.

Bol, a Christian Sudanese immigrant, believed his life was a gift from God to be used in the service of others. As he put it to Sports Illustrated in 2004: “God guided me to America and gave me a good job. But he also gave me a good heart so I would look back”

Bol raised more money by doing what most athletes would find humiliating; He turned himself into a humorous spectacle… a horse jockey, hockey player, and celebrity boxer. Bol agreed to be a clown. But he was not willing to be mocked for his own personal gain as so many reality-television stars are. Bol let himself be ridiculed on behalf of suffering strangers in the Sudan; he was a fool for Christ”.

There is much more to know about this man, and I encourage you to take the time to do so. The meaning of Christianity is not in the catechism, but rather in living out the example set forth by another man.

Rest in peace my friend.


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