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Eric Liddell

"those who honour Me I will honour" 1 Samuel 2:30

 

 Born in China on January 16, 1902, to Scottish missionary parents, Eric Liddell is known to most of us for his unwavering Christian convictions during the Olympic games as portrayed in the Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire.

As a member of a close-knit Scottish protestant missionary family, Eric and his brother Rob grew up in boarding schools while his parents served in China. On his parents' and younger siblings' infrequent furloughs, the family would gather joyfully in Edinburgh.

In 1920, Eric Liddell entered the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a science degree after competing in the 1924 Olympic Games. During his college years, rugby was Eric's sport of choice, and he played with distinction both for the University and later on Scotland's national team

The 1981 film Chariots of Fire commemorated his Olympic triumphs and contrasted the lives and viewpoints of both Liddell and Harold Abrahams

One of the reasons why Eric Liddell is an extraordinary hero is because he refused to run on a Sunday. When he heard that the first Olympic 100 meter race was to be held on this day, he boldly said, “I’m not running.” He believed that this day was special, and he never had run on a Sunday before. So instead of being on the track that Sunday with all of the other racers, Eric was at church. His country called him a traitor, and it seemed like the world had turned its back on him, but Eric held onto his beliefs; even to the point when the Prince of Wales begged him to change his mind! Eric’s resolution not to run was so strong that he turned down the Prince’s pleadings, as well as his country’s.

Although it seemed that Eric had let Britain down, he showed what he could do in the next competition. In the 400 meter race, Eric beat the runner-up by an amazing fifteen meters! He won the Olympic gold and the world record for the race. Later, although he was now a famous celebrity, Eric decided to return to his family who had moved back to China. There he became a missionary to the Chinese people.
 

Eric Liddell chose to live a dangerous, materially unrewarding life in China, serving his God, when fame and riches were within his grasp. His greatness of heart and unwavering conviction are an inspiration to all Christians. Would that more Christians followed his Biblical example today.

Let us rejoice in the Lord’s Day as a day devoted to God – a day which is good for the soul, for the mind, for the body, for the family and personal relationships, for the Church and for society; a day which honours God; a day which acknowledges that Jesus Christ is Lord and that our lives are only what they ought to be when lived in dependence upon the grace of the crucified and risen Saviour and in accordance with his revealed will.

Exodus 20:9-11 "Six days you shall labour and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it"


"those who honour Me I will honour" 1 Samuel 2:30

 
     

 

 

 

 

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