I'm sitting here on the first morning of a two week break. I am catching up on the Olympic news, feeling proud that we've got another gold and a bronze, howveer you would think that we had actually won the Olympics. Adrian Chiles has just left the studio saying that he will need to lay down because of the emotional energy expended.
As I sit here enjoying this symbol of unity - the Russians diving alongside the Americans and Chinese - the news comes on and the first piece is on the trouble in Georgia. How can it be that on one hand the nations all join together in something as futile as sport but elsewhere there is death and destruction as bombs get dropped and people are killed?
It's the proof of the fall. The only thing that explains it is the gospel. The fact that mankind is born sinful and as much as we try to be 'good' we still have this prepencity to hurt, maim or kill each other. We cause injury through our words and through our actions. This sin also means that we are against God, we are in rebellion against him. Jesus came not so we can have Christmas and Easter, but so we can have forgiveness for this sin. Jesus came to pay the price for for our rebellion against God. He died so that we may live.
I pray that the situation in Georgia will be over quickly and that there will be limited bloodshed. I shall be back in a couple of weeks.