Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’

When you see something like this, the first think that comes to my mind is where are the parents?  Why are there no cries shouting out stop this is not right?   Could it be that there is something wrong in our society that tries to portray females and especially children in a way that makes them mere sexual objects. That somehow we have this need to dress them up in clothing which would even shame a Barbie doll.   With tee shirts   sometimes portraying messages which we would not even allowed our teenage daughters to wear.  The message that says you are undesirable unless you are dressed loosely and flaunt yourself sexually. This was posted recently in response to the mage in question.  It was part of a larger document which if you go to the source makes for interesting reading.

 “Little girls are being groomed into passively accepting their place as objects in our  pornified culture,and boys are being taught exploitive and abusive sexual scripts.”  CordeliaAnderson, Founder,Sensibilities PreventionServices Asasociety,

we are inundated with images and messages that are…

1) Sexualizing minors and children at younger and younger ages.
2) Portraying sexual exploitation and sexual violence as normal.
These messages are everywhere‐‐from TV shows and commercials,to movies and music,
billboards and bus shelters,even products designed for and marketed to kids.

For many the subtle indoctrination starts early.  Tv shows where comics spew sexual connotations which were once quietly obscured, but are now openly verbalised.  In  one MTV Reality TV show named  Georgia Shore based around a group of individuals from Newcastle  (four girls and four boys)  who are pushed together and left to demonstrate how crude  they can become.

TV  personalities  randomly joke and give their running commentary on what individual cast members have done and said.   The cast are also randomly interviewed on how far they have got in their sexual exploits   Little if anything is left to the imagination and that includes what spews out of their mouths.  And People dare to call this entertainment.

Women rock stars whose lyrics are becoming more sexually verbalised, whose routines sell their bodies are goods for sale and leaving in some case little to the imagination.  Where the paparazzi are there to report on what women don’t wear rather than what they do.  Making special effort to capture embarrassing moments that reveal the women sexuality

The subtle Photoshop of women whose wrinkles and shape are subtly changed to give an unrealistic reality that does not really exist.  All of which encourages the young to emulate what they see.  That portrays a message that if you want to get ahead in life then you do so by using your body and flaunt your sexualisation.  Even if your too young to even know what the word means. What makes it worse is that the parents have already been so well indoctrinated with this culture that they can’t even see the danger they are doing to their own children.   Now I m not talking about putting women into some burka  or heavy duty corset , but respectability does not have to go far to insure modesty for all.  Being respectful does not have to come at a cost of nudity.  The recent Olympics was a prime example.  Men’s clothing were loose fitting shorts, whilst some women garments were so short and tight that they barely covered even their modesty.

At every turn our children girls and boys are being bombarded with sexual images that affect them both mentally and physically.  That sadly reaffirms a reality that is not real.  Girls especially are bombarded with ideas that the thinner you are the more attractive you are , and we wonder why anorexia  has become such a problem in this day and age.  Most of these messages bombard our children day after day and often we fail to realise they are even there. We may realise it or not the world we live in is not always a pretty one   There are pressures on our children  which they should never need to face until older and wiser and yet there are being forced to grow up sooner rather than later.

We run to win!!!

I watched the final Olympics concert and it was a gathering and celebration of achievement.  Worldly and in some parts irreverent but the organization behind it was spectacular. The final finished as they began with fireworks songs and speeches and now the crowds turn and headed home.  The stadium falls silent.  The roars of the crowd are stilled.  The competitors will return to their home countries, some carrying Gold Silver and Bronze, whilst others with the glory that they were there to compete. Few will forget however that they watched and were a part of this year’s 2012 Olympics.  We watched the drama, the tears and the joys as each athlete ran for the final glory of a gold medal. We watch the joys of those who won and the tears of those who did not.

But there has been another Olympics in progress that few have watched; I suspect this Olympics have gone unnoticed by the vast majority of this world population. But the drama and tension is just as real and the tears, the hopes and the challenges no less great.  The heroes of this Olympics will not be seen on  the front  page of your local newspaper, but record of their achievements has been kept.

This Olympics have been running for longer than most realise and they will not finish until each and every competitor has crossed the finishing line.  On that day what we saw the other night will be nothing in comparison.  The glory of that celebration will be spectacular.  The organizer of this event will be God himself.  Every detail calculated and every moment factor in.

Hbr 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

The challenges of those who run is no less great, no less a drama from every nation these athletes’ will be gathered. From every background and every age they will come..  Let me introduce you to another Olympics.  Let me introduce you to the true Olympics. Brothers and sister welcome to the opening ceremony with Brother Abel lightening the fire of the first sacrifice.  Although killed by his brother the flame he light that day has continued.  The burning example has never died out.  Carried by every runner and as each has passes hands the baton on to those who still labour in the race.

Enoch will take the stage next and introduce us to opening ceremony.  In a spectacular colour he is taken to heaven. Next comes Noah the boat builder whose courage won him a place when the heavens opened up and the world was flooded.  Then Brother Abraham called out of the Ur and began the long distant runner. Wherever he stood that would become the ground his descendants would inherit.  Now the thing to remember is that they did not just run a race with perfection, they had their hurdles, their falls, and their scrapes to contend with.   They had their disappointments and pulled a few bruises on the way.  But the reality is they ran and they ran to victory   It’s not in the starting that matters most but reaching the finishing line. Each of us are encourage to run that we might win.

Hbr 11:6   But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We enter with the assurance that we don’t run in vain.  We run with the promise that there is a reward at the end.  We run in order to gain a greater reward than just some gold medal.

Luk 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Every sinner who repents there comes a cheer from heavenly angels; another competitor has entered the race and another runner who has taken his position at the starting line.

1Cr 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

1Cr 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

What we are running is not a gold medallion, but to hear the greatest prize of all the words “enter good and faithful servant”  On that day all the heartache and pains, all the sufferings will pass.   All the tears will be wiped away.  Joy of that moment will last forever.

Hbr 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The roll of honour reminds us that many have started the same race before us and won glory in finishing their run.  With their roll comes the encouragement to focus on the end goal.  Like any runner we are in training to endure, to build up the muscles needed to make it to the home.

Here is the winning line to focus on:

Hbr 12:2   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let his passion and conviction become ours.  His humility was to lay aside heavens glory , clothe  himself  with flesh and blood.  To know what hunger and thirst was so that he could offer the eternal. Because he made the choice  to run this life’s race, can we do anything less than follow such a glorious example.   Even when many look on and call us  fools to dream such dreams.  Idiots for believing such glory could be ours.   Whilst we are mocked , scourge and rejected  we choose to run this race.  When others joke and laugh at our course.  Let us be reminded of Jesus sacrifice and remember he did it for us.

Hbr 11:39   And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: and having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

I suppose I looked at the final ceremony and saw more than just a global enterprise of athletes,  But another gathering whose numbers could not be numbered.  The cheers as they are introduced.  There are no losers in this race, only winners.  Although each will receive a reward for the race they ran.   The celebration on that day will be beautiful, glorious and the splendour will be out of this world.  Such glory and singing no earthly sound can compare.  What wonder and what A DAY that will be.  The beauty we shall behold will be indeed glorious.

It will all be centered on the one who made it all happen, and centered stage will be God himself.  Run the race my brothers and sisters, run to win, compete with every fibre you have.  Take courage by those whose lives have served as an example.  One day we will all be gathered together and the roll of honour of those who have run will be called out .  My greatest desire is that you will also be there.

Remember this we don’t run this race alone.  We have angels ministering to us,   The Holy Spirit as our personal chief trainer,   No one can do a better job than this trainer.  So run with passion and conviction.   Run that the one who has sponsored us  God himself gets all the glory.

The 100m sprinter Tahmina Kohstani of Afghanistan runs in a hijab and long clothing to conform with Islamic modesty laws

UCMINISTRIES:  Few realize the battle these ladies had to face just to get to the Olympics this year. This became more than just breaking a few world speeding records, but a challenge to overcome religious and political prejudice in their own countries.  They may not have won but the very fact that they were allowed to compete is a win in itself.  Whilst their garb may have seemed overdone personally it was almost refreshing compare to what other women athletes were not wearing. It cannot be missed that whilst men’s sporting shorts have got longer, women have got smaller and tighter.  In some cases can we even call it sporting attire?  I hope that the next Olympics will see more women from Islamic countries compete.

The Daily mail wrote this write-up and it’s worth reposting some of it. 

  • Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei have all entered women athletes into the 2012 Olympic Games for the first time 
  • Judo entrant Wojdan Shaherkani, of Saudi Arabia, is aged just 16. She is one of two women representing Saudi Arabia, the other being Sarah Attar, 20, who has dual US citizenship
  • Qatar’s Noor Hussain Al-Malki, 17, is the first female athlete to compete for her country at the Olympics and is a 100m sprinter
  • 23-year-old Tahmina Kohistani, from Afghanistan is competing for the first time at the Olympics, also a 100m sprinter
  • Oman’s Shinoona Salah al-Habsi, 19, and Yemen’s Fatima Sulaiman Dahman, 19, are both debuting at the Games.

“Somalia’s determined Olympic hopefuls have overcome challenges in their war-torn country that few other athletes encounter. Training facilities are virtually non-existent and those that do operate are often pock-marked with bullet-holes. A Somali Athletics Federation official said recently: ‘The security situation has hampered our efforts, and the resources we have had to prepare the athletes were unspeakable.

For most athletes at the London Olympics, their battle starts when they take their place on the starting blocks. But for Wojdan Shaherkani and Tahmina Kohistani, just taking part in London felt like a gold medal victory. To reach the Games, they have had to overcome political, social, religious and sporting obstacles. The Saudi judoka Wojdan Shaherkani, who was embroiled in a political and religious row in her home country before being allowed to compete.   The 100m sprinter Tahmina Kohstani of Afghanistan runs in a hijab and long clothing to conform with Islamic modesty laws Judoka Shaherkani’s Olympics lasted just over a minute this morning, but the fact she made it to her bout with Puerto Rico’s Melissa Mojica meant it was a revolutionary moment for the women of Saudi Arabia. The country’s ultra-conservative clergy tried to destroy her ambitions to be Saudi’s first female Olympian, before an argument about the type of headscarf she should wear jeopardised her place at the eleventh hour.

And though Afghanistan’s Kohistani trailed in last in the 100 metres – in a time of 14.42 seconds – the warm appreciation of the London crowd who recognised her historic feat must have been the greatest of feelings. She has suffered months of harassment from men who don’t believe women should be permitted to play sport.   Both have made a strong statement to the people of their respective countries and the world with their determination to take part and their dignity.

As did Noor Hussain Al-Malki, only the fourth female athlete from Qatar to enter the Olympics, who lasted just a dozen strides before pulling up injured in her 100m heat.  

The record books will show DNF – Did Not Finish – but they were significant strides.

Shinoona Salah Al-Habsi of Oman and Sulaiman Fatima Dahman from Yemen are unlikely to trouble the favourites for gold, but as they sprinted down the track in the Olympic Stadium wearing colourful hijabs there was a sense of progress.

Shaherkani, just 16, comes from Saudi Arabia, a country of ultra-Conservatism where women are banned from driving and cannot leave the house without a male chaperone, let alone compete in the biggest sporting event in the world in front of millions around the world.

She had been rocked by the barbs of the country’s clergy, who strongly discourage female participation in sport in any form and labelled her the ‘Prostitute of the Olympics.’

Her family have been bombarded with racial abuse, according to reports, with many trying to claim Shaherkani did not represent their country.

There was then a row which threatened to end her chances once and for all. Her national Olympic Committee said she could only compete if she was wearing a hijab – a hair covering worn by many Muslim women.

Kohistani lined up in heat four of the women’s 100 metres. Alongside her were competitors from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Cape Verde and San Marino – countries smaller than Afghanistan but light years ahead in terms of sporting equality.

The 23-year-old raced in a headscarf in the national colours of red, green and black, and a rather impractical outfit of long-sleeved top and jogging bottoms.

But the wall of noise Kohistani experienced in the Olympic Stadium was in stark contrast to the whistling and heckling she received on a daily basis from dozens of men while training at the stadium in Kabul.

They would shout ‘Just be in your house’ and ‘Be behind your man!’ as she raced up and down the track, honing her technique.

Her coach would often have to quite literally fight his way through the crowds afterwards.”

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