Olympics Opening Ceremonies: What Was That?


Did you watch the opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Summer Olympics? Did anyone else find it less than inspiring? Did anyone feel it had little to do with the summer Olympics or honoring our world athletes?

David and I watched the show that preceded the parade of the nations on Friday night. While the show did a fairly good job depicting British history, starting with the agricultural era and proceeding through the industrial revolution, it disappointed in its portrayal of more recent images of Great Britain. The visually colorless first half degenerated into an advertisement for the glories of socialized medicine, with dancing doctors and nurses and bouncing little children. This was followed by what appeared to be a fast decent into hell, with the poorly scripted contemporary “love story”, ending (thank God) with quick visuals of “memorable” movie kisses that included a lesbian kiss, and a man kissing an animal. Is this where the British culture is headed? Or is it already there?

Highlights for us were the children’s choirs and the Chariots of Fire number by the London Symphony, accompanied by the UK’s favorite comedian – he was priceless.

I thought it admirable that Queen Elizabeth was a good sport by participating in the opening ceremony video portion, but I have a hard time believing that the she was thrilled with the show, as it digressed into ultra-liberal social and moral commentary.

What had promised to be a spectacular event turned into a mere spectacle. We stayed with it because we wanted to see the Parade of the Nations. Even that seemed to be in fast-forward motion – but it was thrilling to see the representatives from the 200 or more nations who came to compete for the gold. Even though most will go home without any significant recognition, they will have the memory of being a part of the summer Olympics and representing their nations to the best of their personal abilities.

As we watched the thousands of contestants from every continent and island nation around the globe, David paused the video display and said: “Can you imagine what it will be like when Christ comes to set up His kingdom? When people from every tribe and nation will come into the presence of the King to worship and honor Him? That will be awesome!”

That ceremony will be unlike anything that could even be imagined on earth. A glimpse is found in Rev. chapter 7, beginning with verse 9:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with His presence.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

What a thrilling time that will be! The pomp and glory will be beyond what any Olympic programmer could ever dream up – far beyond human imagination. All of the praise will go to God, not man.

And when Christ’s kingdom is firmly established, there will be no more hunger, or poverty, or disease, or inequality, or hatred, or bitterness, or regret, or disappointment. No more physical, mental, or emotional pain. No more rejection, or failure, or striving. No more war or wickedness. No more death.

As I see our own country slowly degenerating, losing sight of godly values and even of God Himself, I find myself praying, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Deliver your children from such a world, devoid of virtue and sinking ever quickly into impurity and immorality of every kind. Where good is called bad, and evil is called good. Where the motto is “me first”, even among many who claim to be your children.”

I read the answer to my prayer in Revelation 22:12-14:

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me,and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”

What a day that will be! Are you looking forward to it? Or are you still enamored with the show that’s put on for us here – like the ill-fated glory of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony?

©2012, Marcy Alves

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About Marcy

I love my Father-God. Together we are walking through a season of my life where I am standing with him against cancer. He is my strength and trust. As one of his daughters, my passion is to share his love with others in practical, everyday illustrations and insights.

Posted on July 29, 2012, in God Encounters, In the News, Reflections and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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