Every four years, athletes from all over the world gather to showcase their talents. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) uses the Olympics to promote their liberal causes.
Fortunately, most of the athletes go to the Olympics to give their best athletically and stay clear of false politics. They simply do not have time to get sidetracked.
The Olympics were started in ancient Greece. They were athletic events surrounded by ritual sacrifices honoring Zeus and Pelops. Around 393 AD, as Greece was overtaken by the Romans, emperor Theodosius 1 decreed that all pagan cults and practices should be stopped. The ancient Olympics came to an end.
Pierre de Coubertin started the IOC in 1894. The first modern Olympics opened in Athens, Greece in 1896. Many of the pagan practices were eliminated, with some practices remaining.
In 2009, the IOC was granted observer status by the United Nations. This decision was based on the IOC’s contribution to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
As a result, the IOC is trying to sway athletes to promote their liberal causes, including homosexuality and climate change endeavors.
In October 2013, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) adopted pro-homosexual policies. U.S. athletes must now take a vow that they will not engage in “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation.”
4 WINDS President Steve McConkey fought this to no avail. “The USOC policies are set-up for discrimination against gay athletes, but there could be reverse discrimination in the future. It is a matter of time when Christians that believe homosexuality is a sin will go against the law of the land,” says McConkey. “The Olympic movement shadows what is happening in the real world.”
4 WINDS is a world-class track and field ministry. Steve and his wife started working in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. They have lived in Eugene, Fort Worth, Minneapolis, and now Madison, Wisconsin. Steve has a Masters of Public Health from Western Kentucky University and a BS-Public Health from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He became a Christian in 1976.
In 2003, McConkey fought the IOC for allowing transgenders in the Olympics to no avail. During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, McConkey spearheaded the distribution of athlete testimonies into the underground church in China, estimated to be over 110 million people.
Two of the four Olympic athletes who had their testimonies distributed were supposed to win medals. All four won medals, accumulating three golds, two silvers. Before and after the Olympics, their testimonies went all over the world. Millions were reached.
Last week, a group of 105 athletes at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi distributed a letter requesting world leaders to take action on climate change and to prepare a commitment to a global agreement prior to the Paris climate talks in 2015.
These athletes are using their positions to promote global warming causes that have not been proven.
Steve McConkey believes Christian athletes should concentrate on their Olympic events and share their testimonies after their event is concluded. “Athletes have a tremendous opportunity to tell the world about their Christian faith. Be like the apostle Paul who went into Athens to share the gospel in a pagan world,” says McConkey. “You are in the Olympics to give a 100% athletic performance, so do this before you engage the media.”