The self-isolation guidelines imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have cut a swath through just about every conceivable aspect of American culture, and there might be some measure of divine providence in that. At least, that’s the theory of pro-wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, who took to Instagram to dish out a piledriver of thoughtful theological wisdom.
“God has taken away everything we worship,” Hogan mused. “God said, ‘You want to worship athletes, I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down civic centers. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You don’t want to go to church and worship me, I will make it where you can’t go to a church.'”
Hogan quoted a famous passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
Hogan finished up his post by writing that “maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters. Jesus.”
In the 80s and 90s, Hogan (real name: Terry Gene Bollea) was a celebrity force to be reckoned with and the most recognizable professional wrestler in the world. His personal life became the subject of immense scrutiny in 2012, when gossip blog Gawker released a salacious clip of a sex tape featuring Hogan. Hogan successfully sued Gawker for $100 million for defamation, loss of privacy and emotional pain. He later told Howard Stern that the video came from “a very low point.”
Hogan has spoken publicly about his faith in the past, saying he became a Christian when he was 14 years old. “[I’ve] leaned on my religion,” he told TMZ. “I accepted Christ as my savior. He died on the cross and paid for my sins … I could have went the wrong way. I could have self-destructed, but I took the high road.”