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Euan Murray holds firm

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Euan Murray, the Scotland prop forward, playing at the Rugby World Cup, has made it plain that – despite the cost – he is not prepared to play on the Lord’s day. He told the BBC:

It’s basically all or nothing, following Jesus. I don’t believe in pick ‘n’ mix Christianity. I believe the Bible is the word of God, so who am I to ignore something from it?

Those who honour God, God will honour. Euan’s faithfulness may earn scorn from some, but those who love the Lord esteem him highly, as does his Master.

The Independent covers the story here, and extra stuff from Murray is here and here and here. More is available, too, on the great Michael Jones.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Thursday 22 September 2011 at 16:39

Props to Euan Murray

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A reader kindly wrote in and pointed to a lucid, coherent and powerful testimony to life as a Christian rugby player from Euan Murray.  It is great to hear someone explaining what it means to approach life – including rugby – as a Christian.  That is, it is plain that Christian is not an add-on, but part of the fundamental reality that conditions the way we go through the world.

At one point, the interviewer asks about whether anyone makes fun of his Christian convictions.  I was dying for him to say, “Make fun of me?  I have one of the thickest necks in the world and the rest of me matches up.  Who in their right mind is going to make fun of me?”  Sadly, he is wiser and more gracious than I am.

Here he is again, more recently, with his hair shorn (though nothing of Samson here!) and his neck, if anything, even thicker.

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Thursday 11 February 2010 at 12:02

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Well done, Euan Murray

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After being conscious of countless blog posts over the last few days advising Christians how to put aside the Lord’s day and watch the Superbowl to the glory of God, it was encouraging and refreshing to pick up the highlights of the Scotland-France rugby match yesterday and hear the BBC voiceover state in somewhat negative tones that tight-head prop Euan Murray, “due to his Christian beliefs, refuses to play on Sundays.”

The Guardian newspaper interviewed Euan about rugby and Christianity, described as his two great loves, and his decision to put Christ ahead of sport:

Does he sometimes wonder if he’s made the right decision? There is a very long pause. “I believe that biblically I’ve made the right decision.” And emotionally? Murray blows out his cheeks. “Well, when you really become a Christian, life’s a battle. You’re going against the tide. The crowd are going one way and you’re going another. It’s always going to be a battle to be different. The easy thing is to go along with the crowd, everybody’s doing it. You know? Try going the opposite direction to a crowd. It’s hard. You won’t get very far.”

Why did he make this decision?  Because he was able to distinguish between the passing pleasures of sin and the substantial joy of salvation in Christ:

He suggests that the path many professional sportsmen follow is “rotten”. He tries to explain. “All the shiny bubbles,” he says, holding out his big hands and shaking his head in sadness. “The money, the possessions, the fame, the great elusive relationship – all bubbles that appear perfectly spherical, all the colours of the rainbow. They’re bright and shiny and light as a feather, and you chase them because it’s good fun, but the minute you get them they burst and they’re empty.” He pauses. “I’d had enough of chasing bubbles.”

The interviewer and editors also gave him an opportunity to describe the great change of conversion:

In finding God, he says, Murray was able to change his path. He picks up a mug of tea and a glass of water and holds them out in front of him. “This is the tea, all dirty and horrible, this is me, yeah? That’s Jesus,” he says, motioning to the water. “Pure. He’s taken that filth upon himself and before God he says, ‘Punish me for it’. He’s been punished and look what he’s given me. That perfect goodness in the eyes of God. He’s declared me innocent.” He swills the dregs of the tea and smiles. Can it be that simple? “I’m ashamed of the things I’ve done. Of course I am. But I’m thankful I have a saviour. He’s saved me from that lifestyle. He’s given me a new life.”

Well done, Euan Murray.  Tight-head props know what it is to hold the line against overwhelming odds.  He will need all his resolve in future years.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 8 February 2010 at 10:04

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Another blog blizzard

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I had a blast through the blog reader recently, and whittled it down, knocking away huge chunks of debris.  Here is a selection of what caught my eye as worth considering a little more.

OK.  Nuff.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 27 January 2010 at 15:49

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