2008 Olympics in China

I heard today that the organizers for the 2008 Olympics in China have released their list of items banned from the Olympic village where the athletes will stay.

Take a guess what item among others has been prohibited: You guessed it right, Bibles!

The Catholic News Agency reports that the committee behind the Beijing games cited “security reasons” for the ban.

Athletes are also prohibited from bearing any kind of religious symbol at Olympic facilities.


Ye Xiaowen, director-general of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, said on Oct. 17 that China plans to offer religious services for foreigners. He says that he recognizes that religion will play a positive role “in promoting economic and social development” in the future, Reuters reported.

We, the church in America, can start now and become proactive with our prayers and intercession for China and the 2008 Olympics. Some of us may believe it would be nice for those that wish to wear crosses, stars and other religious symbols to be allowed to wear them. We should pray that Bibles would be a welcome item in China and the nations of the world. Let us pray that athletes and guests that are Christians will be walking epistles for others to read.

Let us challenge ourselves to be world evangelists by prayer and supplication to pray for all the peoples that will gather at this great gathering-2008 Beijing Olympics. While China is planning and organizing what is thought by many will be the greatest Olympics in history, let us work, pray, believe and have hope that God’s Kingdom will come, His will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven.

If you haven’t seen the Beijing National Stadium, maybe you would like to surf the net and see this most outstanding facility. Oh, how I desire to see Jesus Christ as the STAR of 2008 Olympics in China. How about you? Will you join me today praying for this?

“Our Father, which art in Heaven”
“Hallowed be thy Name”
“Thy kingdom come”
“Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven”
“Give us this day our daily bread”
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us”
“And lead us not into temptation”
“But deliver us from evil”
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen”

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7 thoughts on “2008 Olympics in China

  1. Thank you, Sara, for the certain sound of the trumpet in calling us to prayer for the 2008 Olympics. Yes, I will join in prayer. And yes this unusual, magnificent architectural structure looks most worthy to host Jesus Christ.

  2. Yes I will also join you in prayer. May all who are Christians that attend these games be role models of their faith. May God strengthen each one to walk out their faith. May their faith be televised and held as a standard for that country. May it cause the people to desire the Word instead of forbidding it. May they learn that the Word brings true peace and that Jesus LOVES China and all who attend.

  3. Before you call, He hears and answers. I heard on the news just a short time ago, that this decision has been reversed and the athletes will be able to carry their BIBLES into the great nation of CHINA. Oh, how Jesus loves the Chinese people! How He longs for them to come into His Kingdom.
    Yes, Sara & Rena & Debi, I will sing and play my piano for the Spirit of the Living God to move over China in a miraculous sweep of glory during the Olympics and continuing.
    This is an opportunity for the global Body of Christ to exercise its spiritual authority to pray for the those in China who do not know Christ and to combat in the Spirit the forces that would try to hinder them from coming to Him.

  4. We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
    That shall turn their hearts to the right,
    A story of truth and mercy,
    A story of peace and light,
    A story of peace and light.

    Refrain

    For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
    And the dawning to noonday bright;
    And Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
    The kingdom of love and light.

    We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
    That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
    A song that shall conquer evil
    And shatter the spear and sword,
    And shatter the spear and sword.

    Refrain

    We’ve a message to give to the nations,
    That the Lord who reigns up above
    Has sent us His Son to save us,
    And show us that God is love,
    And show us that God is love.

    Refrain

    We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
    Who the path of sorrow has trod,
    That all of the world’s great peoples
    Might come to the truth of God,
    Might come to the truth of God.

    Refrain

  5. and again Sara…Amen….
    “Through All the Word”..(Bryan Jeffery Leech. Paul F.Lijestrand)
    Through all the world let every nation sing To God, the King!
    As Lord may Christ preside Where now He is defied,
    And sovereign place HIs throne In hearts not yet HIs own.Through all the world let every nation sing To God, the King!
    Through all the world let every man express true righteousness! May Christ be now the norm To which all men conform, His passion cure the sin That festers from within. Through all the world let every man express True righteousness!
    Through all the world let every man embrace the gift of grace! May Christs great light consume our cities darkest gloom, May Christs great love efface Hostilities of race. Through all the world let every man embrace The gift of grace!
    If all the world in every part shall hear and God revere, We must be moved to care And in His name to share The libereating Word Which must be told abroad Then all the wold in every part shall hear And God revere!(copy right 1970 Hymn society of America) …dj

  6. Lord, we know that you have the WHOLE WORLD in you hands, and we know that you are in control of everything. I want to thank and praise you for that! I pray today, that you bless every athlete, coach, and person that enters Beijing, for the 2008 Olympics. May they and we, all be reminded, from where all our blessings come from and that Your Word is the “lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.”

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