The Medal Count
The Olympic competitions were not new to the Apostle Paul. He was also very educated and often used examples in his teaching that make the listener (or in our case, the reader) relate experiences to a spiritual application. In I Corinthians 9:27 Paul is speaking in athletic terms. He speaks of a competition ready body: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself be a castaway.”
There is no doubt that the Olympians we have watched (at least I have watched) in the past two weeks have had conditioned bodies. It also struck me that the retired and older Olympians who were there as spectators were still in good form. They had learned a discipline in the early years of conditioning that has lasted them into their middle years.
As I watched the Woman’s Basketball medal game, I thought of Pat Summit. She contributed a great deal to one of those players on the court: Tomika Catchings. Although Ms. Summit is now retired, she is still in good physical form. She played in a medal game herself, then went on to coach for UT. No one would call Coach Summit a castaway!
Back to my string of thinking in past posts now: Olympian Believers must not allow themselves to get sloppy and undisciplined. In the end, after years of teaching, singing, ushering, deacon-ing, some folks slack off. Don’t let it happen. Caleb-like Christians do not become castaways.
Now, off subject for a moment. USA at last time I looked this afternoon was at 104 medals. China was at 87. North Korea was at 6, Cuba was at 14, Iran was at 12. All of the medals for Iran, Cuba, and N. Korea were in weightlifting, shooting, and judo or taekwondo. One medal for Cuba was in track and field and it was in discus throw. Need I say more? Please, readers, do not allow the USA to become a castaway by letting our system slip out of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The American Dream must be kept alive and well conditioned. I have to say, Mr. Ryan, the selected running mate of Mitt Romney said it well yesterday, “We all have equal opportunity; we do not have equal outcomes.” Someday you will see a post from me called, “No Brown Couches.”