Olympic Fame or Shame?

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I am a sports enthusiast.  I especially like the Olympics.  My sense of Nationalism runs deep within me.  In fact, I’ll admit that when American athletes win a gold medal, and when they zoom in on their faces during the playing of our National Anthem, I can’t help but get a little teary eyed.

Ryan Lochte has already stood on the Olympic platform to hear our National Anthem played twice in these Olympic games, and has the chance to do it again.  And while a person would normally be basking in Olympic Fame for such accomplishments, Lochte has managed to bring upon himself, “Olympic Shame.”

While being interviewed by the media, Lochte’s own mother warned girls to leave him alone because he doesn’t have time for a relationship and only has time for “one night stands.”  Lochte, himself gave an interview and said that 70 to 75 percent of Olympic athletes will have sex with other athletes during the Olympics and that he was looking forward to the partying and the hookups.  He furthermore said to ESPN The Magazine, “My  last Olympics, I had a girlfriend – big mistake…Now I’m single, so London should be really good.  I’m excited.”

We have reached a time when we no longer know how to blush (Jeremiah 6:15).  It’s indeed a sad day when a young man, along with his own mother, speak freely about his sexual immorality and apparently have no shame about it.  Whatever Olympic fame Lochte gains in the 2012 Olympic Games, it will be overshadowed by his Olympic shame.

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  • Steve,

    On the local radio station here, before the Olympics began, it was noted the Olympic organizers in London had ordered twice the amount of condoms as they did in China.

    What does that say about these “Great Olympics?”

    Just a thought,


  • Good points Steve. What is it with parents these days? Do they express such positions because they want to be popular with their kids? Are they simply cowards? Or could it be possible that they themselves have no desire to live a moral life and thus they know they can’t speak out against another; even their own children? Sadly I believe the last choice is most often the case. Even more sadly the same motives and desires are adversely affecting the Lord’s church.

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