I have a healthy respect for our major American sports and their annual competitions such as the SuperBowl, World Series and NBA Finals. However, since my youth it has always been the Olympics that have captivated me.
Like the rest of the world I have been watching the Oscar Pistorius murder trial closely as it unfolds. I have a healthy respect for our major American sports and their annual competitions such as the SuperBowl, World Series and NBA Finals. However, since my youth it has always been the Olympics that have captivated me. I tried desperately from early 2010 when the tickets became available through Cosport to snag just 3 events for London 2012 but USA allocated tickets were high in demand and low in supply. I enjoy the Winter Olympics in equal measure. It just fascinates me to see people perform their very best after waiting 4 years to prove themselves against the entire world in a matter of seconds. Oscar was a welcome addition to the Athletics category at London 2012. I think he succeeded in challenging mans’ qualifications for athletic competition and increased awareness and credibility of the Paralympics.
I’ve been giving myself time to process the tragic death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The news was overwhelming but as Christians we know how to process everything we see in the world (Ephesians 6:12). Oscar too is a believer in Jesus Christ. His back is tattooed with the entire content of chapter 9 and verses 26-27 of Paul’s first letter to Corinthians. New Wineskins blog has a post from last summer highlighting his faith.
“Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”(NIV 1984)
Whatever the facts and the final decision of the South African judiciary system a life is gone, people are forever changed, and Oscar Pistorius has to cope with it for the rest of his life. The answer for everyone is involved is in verse 25 of the very scripture that is tattooed on Oscar’s back: “They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.(NIV 1984)“. Christianity is not just about the now and the quality of life on earth (John 10:10) but it’s about being born again (John 3:3) and the afterlife.
My prayer is that:
- God will send angels to comfort Reeva and Oscar’s families
- That the families involved will establish and/or grow their relationship with Christ
- That the grief process will be complete at the set time and that healing and forgiveness will take place at the set time
- That the churches of South Africa would continue to spread the gospel
I think the themes of pain and evil surrounding an athlete were best discussed in my previous post about Lance Armstrong so I here is a link to it.