Over 10,000 Olympic athletes have descended on London for
what looks to be a wonderful competition after a rousing opening ceremonies. Many have dedicated their wholes lives to this moment, skipping out on a "normal" life for long practices, road trips and strict diets.
While the athletes are competing they will also be tearing through roughly
150,000 condoms in the first week, all provided by Olympic officials! In
Vancouver, 70,000 were used in the first week. In Beijing it was around
100,000. How one keeps track of these things is beyond me.
And so we have the greatest athletic competition running
parallel to one of the greatest displays of hedonism. Those who can be so self-controlled when it comes to diet and exercise can’t seem to control
The flesh can only be controlled by
self-will power for so long. We see this all the time in other areas of life. A man might
be wonderful to everyone at work but cruel to his family and children. A woman
might speak loving words to her husband and destroy him when with friends. The
sinful nature can not be controlled without the Spirit of God, and even then,
it is difficult! When the we read that one fruit of the Spirit is self-control, we know He is extending that self-control in all areas of our life - money, food, sex, study, words and more. Christ claims ownership of all areas of our lives.
There are Christian ministries at work
during the games. Pray that they would be able to have an eternal impact in
lives of many people who unbeknownst to themselves are destroying themselves. Pray also for the Christians who are competing that they would flee from sexual immorality and compete in a way that honors their Savior.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.