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Christians are supposed to believe in change. After all, we serve a God who changes us every day to be more like Him, and we tell others about Jesus Christ, Who died to save us from the slavery of sin, enabling us to lead a changed life.
Yet, most of us have encountered people who continually disappoint, or people who are so evil that to hope for them to change for the better would seem like foolishness and might even be dangerous. But those of us who, perhaps despite our Christian faith, think that some people are too far gone to change, have never heard the true story of John Bramlett.
As a youth who wanted to play football, John was repeatedly told he was too small. John quickly proved his naysayers wrong with his tenacious athleticism. On his high school team, John developed a reputation as a hard hitter and a feared opponent. That reputation only grew when John played college football and was a fury on the field, known for a toughness that belied his smaller size.
Deemed too small for professional football, John’s speed and athletic skill made him a candidate for baseball, and he joined a Major League Baseball team. During his career in baseball, however, he became a person who was just as feared off the field as on. The drive to fight that made John a scary opponent in sports made him more frightening when he sought out fights and drinking at bars wherever he went.
John’s record of alcoholism, jail stints, and brawling wasn’t enough to make football coaches overlook his undeniable talent as a player, and he was soon welcomed into the National Football League. John carried into football a nickname he had earned in baseball: “Bull Bramlett.” The name fit, since John tore full speed ahead in everything he did, whether football, drinking, infidelity, or fighting.
While John’s success as the meanest man in pro sports continued unimpeded, his destruction off the field increased. Eventual retirement from football only gave him more time to pursue his vices. He added domestic abuse to his record, as he mistreated his wife and children in his drunken state. If anyone was hopeless, destined for destruction, and dangerous, it was Bull.
Then God entered the Bull fight. In a moving account of God’s miraculous power to change even the worst of sinners, Taming the Bull gives hope for broken marriages, to those with a loved one who is self-destructing, to people with addictions, to the lost, and to those of us who doubt that our words or evangelism can reach a person like John.
God used the love of an ordinary wife and two ordinary church members to accomplish the impossible—to take a Bull by the horns and turn him around. How will He use you?
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” – 1 Timothy 1:16