Thoughts Conjured Up By The Olympic Wrap

I didn’t watch the Olympics closing ceremony last night. I turned it on briefly, then flipped to an old Columbo re-run. The wrap of the London games wasn’t my bailiwick, and the little bit I I did see had me scratching my head.

The theme seemed to be this great oneness of nations, and yet all these countries had just spent two weeks trying to separate themselves from all the others and stand a head taller on the medal stand.

Every member of Mexico’s soccer team that took the gold belted out their national anthem during the awards ceremony. American gymnasts, swimmers, volleyball players, shooters, runners, wrestlers, rowers–all of them–expressed a special pride in representing their country, and some wept openly. Great Britain, proving to be gracious hosts, still cheered loudest and longest for their own winners.

So what was all this oneness touted in the closing ceremonies?

It made me think of two specific things from Scripture. First, in the last times, there will be some kind of one world collective or cooperation. I know many think it’s a one-world government, but if so, it must be short lived because there will be factions rising up against one another. Nevertheless, for a time, there will be some semblance of unity: “The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth” (Rev. 17:18).

That brings me to the next point. Jesus did not come to earth to unify us. I know this is a horrible thing to write in this day of tolerance. I especially hate to write it because Christians are looked down upon as hate mongers. But truth is what it is. And Christ Himself said He didn’t come to make peace in the sense we normally think of it.

“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:51-53)

Christ, stating plainly that He came to divide, goes against this current trend of group think. It seems to me that whatever the Bible proclaims, the world wants to challenge or deconstruct or devalue. Creation? No, the world started with a big bang. Heterosexual, monogamous marriage? No, any “loving couple” should have the right to marry. Man, born with a sin nature? No, man at worst is born a blank slate, but probably with good hearts. Hell? No, a loving God would never mete out eternal punishment just because people worshiped Him in their own way. God a Sovereign Judge? No, He’s given authority to Man and He is all about mercy, not justice.

On and on it goes. Dividing those who take God at His Word from those who don’t.

So for me, I just couldn’t watch a sham of a celebration–one that didn’t match the events of the games themselves, and one that certainly isn’t going to play out in the future in a positive way. No, in some ways, the Olympics, though I loved them and will miss them, are antithetical to what the Bible says. With all the pageantry and joy and celebration, it’s easy to lose sight of reality.

Published in: on August 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm  Comments (2)  
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