The world should watch out for Christian athletes who have boldly declared their faith in God.
It has already begun, the 24th Winter Olympics happening in Beijing, China. Despite all the criticism and protests, the world is witnessing the Beijing Olympics.
There are 3,000 athletes from about 91 nations, competing for medals in 109 different competitions.
The focus here in this content is about Christian athletes who are taking part in this year’s Winter Game in China. We live in a generation that needs people who will boldly declare their faith as Christians and help others take Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior.
Many concerns about Christian persecution in China have made a lot feel uninterested in watching the Winter Olympics. Oh Yes! One protest was calling for a boycott…
I think, for now, we have to think about faithful Christian athletes competing in the Olympic Games and willing to give glory to God.
Elana Meyers, Bobsledding, United States
She has boldly declared to glorify God through her career as an athlete.
“I’m in this sport to glorify God.”
Elana Meyers has been a consistent competitor in the Olympics. This year is er fourth Winter Olympics having two silver medals and one bronze.
“God put me here for a specific reason and I don’t think it’s just to win medals,” she adds. “At the end of the day, I’m in this sport to glorify God, so if that means I come in last place or I win the gold medal, that’s what I’m going to do.”
“One of the big reasons I was put in bobsled is to help people not only reach their goals, but come to Christ.”
Nicole Hensley, Hockey, United States
Nicole Hensley is an Olympic gold medal winner in 2018. He is back in the net as the goalie for the 2022 squad for the USA team.
Nicole Hensley declared his Christian faith by saying:
“As an athlete, my faith has calmed me down on the ice and helped me realize too that the result is not necessarily the most important thing,” she says. “It is more important to be on the ice and enjoy the chance to play when God has given me such a passion and ability in this game.”
Eric Staal, Hockey, Canada
In a 2018 interview with Promise Keepers Canada, Eric Staal said that playing hockey “is a chance to try to live our lives for God and show our fans and teammates that there are better things up above.”
David Wise, Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe, United States
David Wise has been a prolific athlete in halfpipe skiing. He has been active in the Olympics since 2014. He has been winning gold medals in the men’s halfpipe skiing.
He believes God has been the reason why he has been so successful in his career as an athlete. David Wise has relied on God for all the strength he needs to run and perform very well in his competitions.
Paul Schommer, Biathlon, Unites States
Paul Schommer loves to live a life that glorifies God. He aims at being an exemplary leader for anyone who wants to follow Jesus Christ. In other words, he strives to bear good fruits for everyone to see that indeed he is a child of God.
Nothing is loving his belief and faith. And he is taking his Christian faith and values through this Winter Games in Beijing, China.
“I don’t want [people to see] I’m a Christian only from my Facebook profile. I want it to be a life lived in a way that it’s like, ‘There’s something different about him.’”
May all faithful Christians pray for these athletes who are telling the world about the power of God and His salvation plan through athletics.
These and other fellow Christians are taking part in the competition. Hopefully, they will all give glory to God and lead others into knowing Jesus.
Evangelism through sporting activities often leads to mas conversion of non-believers. This is true because athletes have a large number of fanbases.
You can get more insight about these Christian competitors in the Olympics from ‘thegospelcoalition.’
Keep your eyes on them while they use that medium as a means of reaching out to the world with the gospel.