Although once known as “the most spectacular evangelist since John the Baptist,” Billy Sunday may not be a name with which many Christians today are familiar. However, less than one hundred years ago he was a household name to sports fans and fundamentalist Christians alike. Billy was born in 1862. At the age of 13 he entered an orphanage, thus learning to effectively fight and run. His love for baseball eventually yielded a professional career. However, fame and fortune could not calm his troubled soul. In the fall of 1887, while drunk, he was sitting on a curb when he heard a group preaching and singing. The group invited him into the mission and soon after he accepted Christ as His Savior.
He began sharing his new-found faith in Christ and eventually partnered with a well-known evangelist. In time he began to preach his own crusades, conducting over three hundred in his life time. Estimates indicate that over one hundred million people heard at least one of his straightforward, energetic, and devil-hating messages.
While Billy Sunday was far from perfect, every Christian should take notice of Sunday’s bold proclamation of the Gospel. May God help us to have the boldness to speak for Him.
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.