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God Bless Beijing 2008 Olympics!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

(Written by Helen J. Qiu; and re-printed with permission by 2 Timothy 4:5. Ms. Qiu is an affiliate of the CMA.)

Olympics 2008 opens tomorrow! Are you ready to get up at 7:30 in the morning and watch the opening? Olympics, it is always a game to unite and a game to divide. Above all, it is a game to break records and boundaries that were never ventured before.

Such was the case when Jesus broke the boundary of the definition of God’s People. Before Jesus, it was only the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. But not any more. Not only was Jesus innovative, but he also called his disciples to break false boundaries. In the Book of Acts, Peter saw a vision for three times in which he was ordered to eat “unclean” food. God clearly forbid them to eat these food in the law. Peter refused and said, “surely not, Lord!” But the command overcame him after three times.

He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. (Acts 10:11-16)

Commands such as these are not divorced from former Scripture records as if God is conflicting himself. There exists plenty of traces that are faithfully recorded in the Bible but often being ignored or misinterpreted. Usually the root of the issue is not the issue itself, but a more profound one. For example, in Peter’s case, the real question is who has the power to make things clean? The answer of the question opens a floodgate to reform Church practices. Not only on the courses in the dining menu, but also consequentially on how one treats the “unclean” people group.

Olympics is not a Christian event; but for over 100 years, God has raised this game to deliver profound messages that are stimulating and challenging to all people. We are confronted of the topic of controversial topics against nations, skin color, gender and physical wholeness. It is not just sports. It is not just about breaking world records. It is also God’s glaring sign calling us to be sensitive to tangible historical traces and correct our former perceptions.

Go Beijing! God Bless Beijing 2008 Olympics!

Written by: Rev. Helen J. Qiu
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Rev. Qiu is currently at Columbia University, New York, on her study of Comparative Theology between Christianity and Chinese Philosophy.

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2 Timothy 4:5 and the Church Ministry Association (CMA)