My wife and I have been watching the Olympics this year more than any other time. I really don’t know the reason, but we sure have enjoyed this year’s games. Each of us has our own favorite events, but there have been times we have been totally engrossed while watching together.
For the first time since the games began, I decided to take a look at the official Beijing 2008 Olympic Games site. The first thing that came to my attention was the motto of the games – One World One Dream. Looking at those seemingly insignificant words made me think about the world we live in. I am grateful beyond words to be living where we want, and to have freedoms many people don’t have. I can truly say, “we’re blessed.”
It’s wonderful when people can get together every four years to compete in various sporting events. Generally, it seems to me, there is a lot of goodwill and sportsmanship accompanying the games, but there are some exceptions, too. Look at some cheating accusations which have been reported by various news agencies. Here’s another article addressing cheating on a governmental scale.
Let’s get to the main point of this post, which is the Olympic motto – One World One Dream. The assumption is every competitor in the world has a dream to become Olympic champion at some point in his life.The same dream is true of both male and female; athletes want to compete with others no matter which country they call home. I see nothing wrong with that. Humankind has drive and a competitive spirit built into us, and we exercise that side of us with regularity and vigor.
Another thought comes to mind, though, that has nothing to do with sports and competition. Generally speaking, a vast majority of people have a “don’t ask me about my life and relationship with God” attitude. Mankind has totally ignored God the Father for as long as he has been walking on planet earth, and will continue doing so until God puts down all sin and casts Satan and his hordes into the Lake of Fire. For the most part, man thinks the world, universe, solar systems, galaxies and everything else just happened to be here without God’s interaction. That is very sad to me.
Looking at the Olympic motto reminded me of a time in man’s history when God was completely left out of the picture. Let me assure you, the Lord knew how to deal with man’s arrogance and pride, and still has His hands in the affairs of His greatest creation. Look at Genesis 11:1-9 (KJV)
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
One day, God’s people will live in harmony with one another, but it is not now. Look at what we face every day in this world of ours (in no particular order):
- Catastrophic weather
The only hope for mankind is found in Jesus Christ, the Son of the one true living God. Above Him, there is no other. Acts 4:12,(ESV) declares “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” In John 3:16-21 (KJV), Jesus declares how important salvation is:
16 ¶For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 ¶He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Let’s watch the games for a little while and enjoy ourselves as we root for our favorite team, country or individual. God created us and included emotions in our make up. We laugh, cry, get angry and have all kinds of reactions to events and people around us. That’s all right. By the same token, let us put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Let’s never forget God.
What about you? Do you get it?