China, how dare you?

August 14, 2008

How dare they?

Beijing Olympics, 2008

China has attracted much criticism for the ways that they have masked what “Beijing is really like” by putting up a front (in some cases quite literally, see above). The girl that ‘sang’ in the opening ceremonies was lip-syncing because the real singer wasn’t pretty enough for the Chinese government to put on display for the world to see. Also, over 100 restaurants in Beijing were ordered not to serve dog meat dishes during the games. Cars were ordered off the city roads for weeks prior to the arrival of Olympics tourists, in hopes that the smog would dissipate into the environment. The list goes on.

How can the world tolerate such hypocrisy?

Oh, wait a minute!

Isn’t this the American way? Don’t we learn this from our youth?  Don’t we teach it to our children? Many of us grew up learning this in church!

We Americans are champions at presenting a side of ourselves that is more easily palatable to our friends, our employers, our neighbors.   

How dare the Chinese…take something so American and claim it as their own. Fortunately, America didn’t invent hypocrisy either. Satan did, and it now roots itself in all of our hearts. Before I criticize (further) the Chinese for this deception of Olympic proportions, perhaps I should look in the mirror and examine my own heart, lest I continue in my own hypocrisy.

“You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside,
but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In
the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on
the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness”

Matthew 23


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