Greetings, and welcome to the web page of the Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. May I bring greetings to you from members and friends of our Church here in Glossop.
As one who derives much pleasure from various sports, I have been greatly saddened by the media coverage given to drugs and cheating currently affecting sport at many levels. As I write, the world of athletics is in turmoil as it seeks to come to terms with the level of cheating and drug abuse that has been endemic in that sport for many years. World records are in danger of being suspended as discoveries are made as to the level of illegal drug use that has beset this great sport. There is no greater spectacle than the Olympic Games particularly when athletes from one’s home nation stand on the rostrum to receive their medals. There is now concern that cheating on this scale has been present in the world of tennis. Match fixing has dogged sports such as football and cricket for years. Sadly, this activity is undertaken by a small minority of people who seek to destroy the efforts of those participating and the viewing public.
Activity such as this serves to remind us of the darker side of human nature. All such conduct can be summed up in the small Biblical word ‘SIN’. Mankind is capable of supreme acts of kindness and goodwill, and we must be quick to acknowledge such behaviour. Sadly, the human nature is also capable of dishonesty and cheating, thus seeking to gain an unfair advantage. What we are seeing in this crisis engulfing sport is but a manifestation of this darker side of the human nature.
At the heart of the Christian gospel is the story of the person and work of Jesus Christ. He clearly demonstrated traits such as honesty and probity in all areas of every day life. He spoke of the importance of paying the right level of tax to the authorities and of the correct managing of debt. He was very keen to praise the peacemakers and those who sought to bring about reconciliation where there had been division. Such characteristics can only be lived out through knowing Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. This does not make us perfect, but by inviting Him into our lives, and by living in accordance with His precepts, our lives can reflect the righteous values of the Kingdom of God.