Skip to comments.Hooray to Our Medal-Winning Christian Olympians
Posted on 08/10/2012 3:56:30 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Im proud of the entire U.S. Olympic team. But Im particularly proud of our Olympic athletes who competed in London not for personal glory and the fame and fortune that comes with it in some cases but for God and country.
Among our Christian Olympians who medaled over the past fortnight were two precocious high schoolers, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas and 17-year-old Missy Franklin.
Gabby, a gymnast, won gold in both the womens all-around and team competition. Missy, a swimmer, won five medals, four gold and one bronze, while setting two world records in the process.
I give all the glory to God, said Gabby. God has blessed me with so much, tweeted Missy.
Similar sentiments were expressed by two members of the U.S. womens track and field team, Allyson Felix, who captured gold in the 200 meters, and Sandra Richards Ross, who took gold in the 400 meters.
There were also two faithful Christians on the gold-medal-winning U.S. womens soccer team, Lauren Cheney and Amy Rodriguez.
Then theres Kevin Durant, a member of the U.S. mens basketball team, who may very well score gold when he and his fellow NBA roundballers take on Spain in the finals.
Of course, not everyone is happy to see our Christian Olympians fare as well as they have in London.
Like Salons Mary Elizabeth Williams, who hated on Gabby, in an article in which bemoaned, The gold medalist is a teenager of deep faith and gratitude and that can be a little unnerving.
Williams added that she agreed with a colleague at Salon who said of young Gabby, I would like her more if she were not so, so, so into Jesus.
Thats the kind of animus faced by Christian athletes like Gabby, Missy, Allyson, Sandra, Lauren, Amy and Kevin when they dare to lift up the name of Jesus.
And thats why they need the support, the prayers, of those us who count ourselves Christ followers.
Uplifting post! Thanks.
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