This is character!

This picture not of Joel Northrup

High school wrestler forfeits match because of his moral objection to wrestling a female.

As a former wrestler I can attest to the moral impropriety of a male wrestling a female. It is ironic that in this day of hyper-sensitivity to sexual harassment, consensual touching of any kind is allowed, embraced, and even expected.   When two wrestlers are grappling on the mat there is virtually no body part that goes untouched intentionally or unintentionally.

The article states that the male wrestler, Joel Northrup forfeited because,

“wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner”

I would think that the touching aspect would have also influenced his decision.

This is the kind of character that is lacking throughout our world.  How sad that many Christians do not have this kind of character — the willingness to accept loss in order to gain the higher prize.

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.   Philippians 1:20-21

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