For the next couple of weeks we will observe the outpourings of dedicated, hopeful athletic hearts in symmetry, power, speed, accuracy and pure art. The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
Yesterday we watched some of the moguls skiing and pairs figure skating. Some Canadian medals achieved. But to me that competitive tally between the countries is of little consequence. The real message of the event is the coming together of nations in peace and unity and common pursuit. The participants will never forget the experience.
The opening ceremony was visually pleasing in spite of the faltering cooperation of the large Olympic flame. But there I was listening to a Canadian chanteuse (k.d. Lang) singing the song "Hallelujah" written by a Canadian poet (Leonard Cohen) which included these lyrics:
You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
It appears that all groups may be openly represented at this event except the Christian. I realize that there will be participants who give credit for the opportunity to their Lord and to sacrificial, loving families, but here again I have the feeling that we are seeing how "the good is the enemy of the best". (Oswald Chambers)
When I look at those 5 inter-connected rings representing the 5 continental land masses, I think rather of 5 words, prayerfully:
"That All May Be Christ's"
I look for one truly loving, unified gathering of a multi-cultural Body. It is described in Revelation 5:
9 And they sang a new song (to Christ), saying:
“ You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”