They can’t make me. I am going to do my best to avoid any and all Olympic coverage (OK, I did look at some of the fashion high and low lights from the Opening Ceremonies). I went and brought down a thread on everyone’s favorite events at Pastor Pete’s blog. I want to expound on why I’m not watching.
2 years ago in Torino when they said the Olympics would be held in China, I was very apprehensive. I knew about the abusive government: oppression of speech, persecution of minortiries – ethnic and religious, ignored sweat shop labor, violence in Tibet… I could go on. Then they rounded up all the cats in Beijing to kill them as some attempt to “prevent disease”. They scared the populace so badly, people were getting rid of their pets – not just the feral cats. Did they miss that whole European Black Plague history lesson?
Jen put it this way for those of us who are believers – with the Chinese Government’s continued repression and violence against our brothers and sisters in Christ, to view these games would be like Jews watching the Berlin Games with Hitler in power.
Voice of the Martyrs carries stores about the oppression of Christians around the world. How blessed we are to live in the US. Get down on your knees, thank and worship God for where you were born. Intercede on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world who are facing persecution and possible death for our faith.
Write and encourage a prisoner today. VOM’s site will give you phrases in the native language along with an address to send it to. It costs less than a dollar. I am sure the encouragement will be priceless.