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”