Bespoke Evangelism: Vinnie Jones prays to his granddad!

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 In 2003 football hard man and actor Vinnie Jones admitted assaulting an airline passenger and drunkenly claiming he could have a flight crew "murdered for £3,000". Jones became incandescent with rage when a fellow passenger, Stephen Driscoll told him he was being "annoying", sparking a tirade of aggressive threats from the celebrity. Jones was given 80 hours community service and fined £800.

Despite this, Vinnie is a man of prayer. Surprised? In Vinnie the Autobiography, Vinnie explained his faith like this:

"Yes, granddad was special. So special that, since we lost him, I've always believed he was still in touch. I am convinced he is my spiritual guide. I remember saying out loud: I'd love to be a professional footballer, granddad. A footballer. One chance. Anything, anywhere. If you can help....."

In 1986, Vinnie scored a goal against Manchester United. This is how he prayed during the game:

"It might seem strange, but at that moment I said another little prayer: 'Come on granddad, come on, please let it stay at 1-0.' And he did. United did bring on 'Pop' Robson, but there was nothing Captain Marvel could do to spoil my incredible day.

How would a committed materialist respond to this story?

            "Superstitious nonsense. Spirits do not exist because everything is physical."

How would a relativist respond?

            "If you believe it, it is true for you."

How would a pagan respond?

            "There are many spirits, including granddads, which respond to prayer....so carry on             Vincent."

And a Christian response would be:

            "Vinnie you need to repent of both your violent, uncouth behaviour and praying to a dead person. Unlike Jesus, your granddad, Arthur, did not come back from the dead!"

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