Olympians in Pietermaritzburg

Chad le Clos

With the London Olympics 2012 a thing of the past, the South African Short Course Championships took place at the G.C. Jolliffe Swimming Pool, the home of Seals Swimming, from 16-19 August 2012 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. On the Thursday during the morning heats, I went to the event to stand outside and hand out Gospel literature, engage some people in conversation dealing with eternity and also hoped to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to South Africa’s two Gold Medal Olympians, Chad le Clos (Gold in the 200m Butterfly (Phelps 2nd) and Silver in the 100m Butterfly (Phelps 1st)) and Cameron van der Burgh (*World Record* Gold in the 100m Breaststroke).


Cameron van der Burgh

Prayers were answered as both Chad and Cameron were presented with an “Are You Ready?” Gospel Tract and Chad said he would read it, and Cameron took it and placed it in his new Audi (and do drive this vehicle responsibly – it is not “Hectic! Hectic!” when it handles in corners at speed on public roads in PMB!). I do pray that these two young men would indeed read the message and if God in His Sovereignty speaks to them that they would respond and repent toward God and have their faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures that come to mind that were also placed on their “fan” pages on Facebook are:

6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. ~ Acts 3:6

24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Whilst these two young men are seen as icons and idolised, what they must understand is that though they are revered and worshipped to some degree by the South African public, not by all though, but yet they do have a large female contingent according to their FB-pages, this is idolatry in the sight of a holy, perfect and righteous God who will judge this sin on the Day of Judgment. While the sport’s administrators, politicians and citizens of South Africa might see our Olympians as drawing the people together and uniting this nation, as long as they do not give their Creator God all the glory for their achievements and use the platform they have been presented to make all peoples of South Africa aware that their hero-worship is idolatry, do not think for a moment that their achievements, although of great accomplishments, will unite South Africa and its people and give many followers aspirations to achieve the same. In the wake of their achievements, all who worship and idolise them as icons, heroes and idols are still in violation of God’s First and Second Commandments.

It also goes to show that all the speak of unifying this nation is still just ‘hot-air’ – talk that has no foundation: Life continues with crime, fraud, nepotism, murder, theft, rape, assaults, adulteries, fornications, pornography, drunkenness, rebellion, witchcraft, homosexuality, and the like, in government, the private sector and amongst its populace, nothing has changed. After the ‘highs’ of the Olympics, there was a recent ‘low’, more precisely an atrocity – with the ‘senseless’ deaths of all at Marikana in the North West province. Instead of trying to lay the blame with any party, SAPS or miners, know this – the evil of men’s hearts showed forth in all its wickedness. And this comes about, because the government has sold its constituencies out to the work of the Devil. This is a godless nation as much as the people try professing their religions. A vast majority, by their wicked works, are worshipping false gods. When such heinous abominations of abortion, idol worship of false gods (and the tradition of ancestor worship/prayer), consulting of sorceries and witch-doctors (including the use of entelezie which clearly does not work!) and homosexuality that encourages open debauchery by sodomites and lesbians is the order of the day, which are all contrary to the Word of God Almighty, then this nation will receive the curses of God until it turns back to God in repentance and faith alone in His Son Jesus Christ.

36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ~ Mark 8:36,37, Jesus the Christ

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