Religious professor explains how Christians can hear God talking to them through the Olympic Games

Published: Monday, Feb. 10 2014 1:21 p.m. MST

The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. A post by John Piper about how Christians can watch the Olympics differently has recently gained new attention.


It has been more than 20 years since John Piper published his sermon linking Christianity to the Olympics, but since the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, his piece on has found new life.

Piper, founder of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, discussed how Christians can watch the Olympic games for more than entertainment. Relying on the teachings of the Apostle Paul, Piper explained how viewers can "transpose" the games.

"Now I want you to see all that at another level. I want you to transpose the temporary struggles and triumphs of the Olympic Games onto a different level of reality — the level of spiritual life and eternity and God," Piper wrote.

"When you see the athletes run, see another kind of running. When you see them boxing, see another kind of boxing. When you see them training and denying themselves, see another kind of training and self-denial. When you see them smiling with a gold medal around their neck, see another kind of prize."

Read more of Piper's thoughts in his series, "Olympics Spirituality" on


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