It is not an unusual thing to hear athletes giving praise to God when things go well. Many professionals are now in the habit of pointing up after they make a good play. A wide receiver out runs a group of defenders, and as they cross the goal line, he points to the sky.
But would it not be weird if, then in like manner so did the defenders? People would have been shocked if Cam Newton had done a post-game interview after the Super Bowl, in he which gave Christ the glory for coming in second.
But the equivalent happened last night in Rio, and it was awesome.
Town Hall reports
A golden moment took place alongside the Rio Olympic diving boards Monday night. The Chinese team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue may have taken first place, but U.S. divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson stole the spotlight in their NBC interview by giving all the glory to God after their silver medal-winning performance.
But it is not the medal for which Boudia was giving praise. No, he was giving praise for the fact that he could stand on that international stage with the full assurance that his identity and worth was not found in his sport or accomplishments. He said that his identity was found in Christ.
His teammate quickly restated the reason they could compete without fear. It was that they found their worth in Christ and not the event or its outcome. They find their worth in Christ and not in themselves or their accomplishments.
When we get to this point, it is a freeing thing. Not worries about others’ opinions. No worries about failure. Just rest and confidence.
A man once said that if you want to draw a crowd, then set yourself a fire for Jesus and the world will come to watch you burn. These young men lit their match last night and the world watched.
Watch the video of these men standing for truth.