Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Prayers for the Hidden Olympic Games

Olympic-logo-2014Since I was a little kid, I have always loved watching the Olympics. As a kid it meant that the amateurs who were making it big in their sport were given the chance to fulfill their dream. The athletes represent the best of the best from each country. To this day, my family gathers around to watch these amazing athletes.

Now, I was never naïve enough to think that each country equally trained which is why the story of the Jamaican Cool Runnings bobsled team appeals so much to us stateside. What I didn’t realize, until I was a young adult, was that in order to be an Olympian you either needed to be fairly wealthy or know wealthy sponsors. For the most part, especially in the U.S., Olympics dreams are for the rich. So, the Olympic spirit in my mind is a little tainted. It isn’t for the best of the best, but for those who can afford to be the best of the best.

Most importantly, I want to call attention to the need for prayer. Christian prudence and charity demands that we view reality as it truly is and then respond appropriately. The truth is that the Olympics has embraced the ancient debauchery that is now dressed up for the public and paid for by the participating governments. Why the Debbie downer attitude? The modern Olympic movement since its revival in 1856 has come to look more like ancient Rome and Greece, if not Sodom and Gomorrah, than an enlightened and modern Olympic competition.

Overlooking the push of the same-same attraction (SSA) agenda, it seems that unbridled sex is an accepted international activity for Olympians. Reports have surfaced that,

Olympic officials are distributing a whopping 100,000 condoms to athletes in the Village, which houses the competitors during the Games.[1]

This is for

About 2,800 athletes are expected in Sochi for the upcoming Winter Games. If the condoms were divided among the athletes alone (and not members of their training staff or Olympic officials), each person would get roughly 35 condoms, to be used over a period of about 16 days.[2]

A general view shows the Olympic Village constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, on the edge of the Black Sea in SochiDon’t judge the Russians, the Aussies in 2000 distributed 20,000 and then had to place an additional order of 70,000 because they ran out. Mind you, this is for the athletes in Olympic village. But we shouldn’t forget the 2012 London games where 150,000 were distributed and used.

Even ESPN reports that it was one big sex fest in the London Olympic Village and Sochi is expected to be more of the same.[3] The London Olympians themselves are quoted as saying,

“There’s a lot of sex going on,” says women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, a gold medalist in 2008. How much sex? “I’d say it’s 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians,” offers world-record-holding swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be in London for his third Games. “Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.”

Out of charity, I am going to allow hope to spring eternal and believe that the 25 percent to 30 percent who are chaste are all married athletes. And that comment, “You gotta do what you gotta do”? Please! I didn’t realize that the majority of Olympians are more like dogs unable to curb their urges rather than humans made in the image and likeness of Living God. All that training and you cannot remain chaste for sixteen days. What’s the point of all that training then?!?!

Some might say that this a private issue, but when the 2012 London Olympian Hope Solo shares,

“I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty,”

it is not a private issue. The fact that Olympians are having sex out in the open with entire teams leaving in the morning after their post-event romp, no wonder Olympic village is off-limits. Oh. And going to the dining hall “dressed only in socks, shoes, jockstraps, neckties and hats,” it is not private. Hey Olympian parents, glad you invested all that money – might I encourage a class in manners and the virtue of temperance…I digress.

When you root for your favorite Olympian this year, beseech the Lord to save them from the Sodom and Gomorrah that is called Olympic village. The fact remains that the percentages for the post-event Olympic village events seem to hold true in all the Olympic interviews. This means that about 1,960 to 2,100 of the 2,800+ Olympians at the Sochi games will be engaging in…well, orgies. At $200,000 per gold medal, $150,000 per silver and $100,000 per bronze medal, I think a little restraint could be shown. Besides, they are representing us and our country. Oh that’s right, art imitating life. Sorry, I forgot.

We Christians dealt with this before in a different set of games in the Roman Colosseum. They tried to placate us with bread but we walked away. Now are bellies are fed but we feast with our eyes. It was St. Telemachus who finally brought those games to an end. And the ancient Olympics were stopped by the Christians because of its pagan ways. Maybe that is why the Christian ethic is so despised by the IOC…still bitter about the original Olympics.

I love the games. They should continue. Medals should stripped for illegal contact and un-sportsman like conduct. Until then, well, Nero and Claudius would be proud.

Lord Jesus, save us from ourselves! Sts. Telemachus and Augustine…ora pro nobis!


[1] “Olympic Officials Reportedly Distribute 100,000 Condoms to Sochi Athletes,” Huffington Post, February 5, 2014, accessed February 8, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/05/olympics-condoms-sochi_n_4733269.html.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Sam Alipour, “Will You Medal in the Morning?,” ESPNW, April 15, 2013, accessed February 8, 2014, http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/8133052/athletes-spill-details-dirty-secrets-olympic-village-espn-magazine.

 

 

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