Four years ago the idea of sitting down to watch any Olympic sport that did not including a puck, goal tender and toothless men seemed ridiculous. Then I get married and everything changes. My wife tells me something like, “if you love me you will” and before long, there I am with popcorn and a Coke watching Gymnastics or Figure Skating.
And so here I am having trouble sleeping at night because I feel bad for the female Canadian Mogul skier who, at the very last moment, was bumped out of her gold medal place by the final contender: an American. And I find myself jumping off my seat when I watched a male Canadian Mogul skier, Alexandre Bilodeau, become the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during the Winter Olympics on Canadian soil.
I had the same feeling just a few moments ago when I watched this couple…
… win a Gold Medal for Canada. It’s all the more impressive since they will go down in history as the first “first time contenders” of Ice Dancing to win a Gold Medal.
The ceremony can become intoxicating. After the winners of Gold receive their Medals and flowers, the Canadian anthem begins and the stadium erupts with the choral sound of all, old men with tears in their eyes and young girls with little pink dresses on, singing Oh Canada with the greatest of pride and joy.
I can’t help but be touched by the scene and to think about how, for that old man, Canada stands for freedom and victory against the evils of WWII. It’s about standing on guard and doing what’s right.There is something to be proud of. There is something to stand for.
“Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee”.
But as a Christian, is there something wrong with getting teary eyed while pledging allegiance to Canada? (To the USA? Or any other country?) Are these countries merely modern day “Caesars” where we, as faithful servants of Christ, are called to pledge allegiance to only one Lord?
What are your thoughts?