Cheaters never win. . . well maybe sometimes

August 16, 2012

He cheated! So What?  At least that seems to be the consensus.   During the Olympics, South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, broke the world record on his way to winning Gold in the 100M breaststroke last week.  However, video footage shows that van der Burgh took three “dolphin kicks” at the beginning of the race instead of the permitted one “dolphin kick”.  The swimmer didn’t deny what he did, instead, he justified and rationalized it.  In one interview the South African is quoted as saying: “If you’re not doing it, you’re falling behind. It’s not obviously — shall we say — the moral thing to do, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my personal performance and four years of hard work for someone that is willing to do it and get away with it,”  
If it’s not the “shall we say —moral thing to do” then it must be the “shall we say—immoral thing to do.” 
The hope of the world is that more people will chose to do what is right than what is easy. And so, our responsibility as Christ Followers will always be to live to a higher standard as an example of what can be instead of what is.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.


  1. dan - August 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm -

    Well Den, in a society that values winners more then right what Should we expect. Cheating and lying has been accepted in schools because parents were more concerned with a good mark and good college then honesty and values. For at least the last three decades the youth have been told winning is what is important and money is the value, the market of success. After seeing political leaders, society leaders, church leaders bend the rules and then justify their means due to their success, why are people surprised?