WITH the London Olympic Games commencing on July 27, it was good to see the recent release of a digitally re-mastered version of the film Chariots of Fire.
It tells the epic story of two athletes, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, who both achieved Olympic glory at the 1924 games in Paris, Abrahams winning the 100 metres, Liddell the 400 metres.
Christians and non-Christians alike have admired Eric for the stand he took through not running the 100 metres race because it was on a Sunday. For him as a Christian it was the Lord’s Day and, as such, should be spent in worship, not running!
Nevertheless Olympic gold came his way, he winning (on a Friday) the 400 metres in 47.6 seconds, then a world and Olympic record.
Before the race he received from one of the team masseurs a note which said: “In the old book it says, ‘He that honours me I will honour’,” and afterwards at a dinner given for him in Edinburgh, Liddell said perhaps one of the finest things he had enjoyed at the games was receiving that note.
The words are still as true today. Worth pondering and applying to all of life!
Minister of Spalding