No sporting contest boasts a richer history than the Olympics. Originally held in Olympia, Greece, our modern Olympic games offer over 200 countries the opportunity of claiming the coveted Olympic gold medal. The Olympic title serves as the holy grail of all athletics. Although athletes may compete for the world title in their sport annually, since the summer Olympics are held every four years a competitor may only receive one or two shots at Olympic glory in their lifetime.
Presently there are 30 sports for athletes to compete in, but that number changes as new sports are added and old sports are dropped. Recently the Olympic committee removed both baseball and softball from the Olympic docket. What can we expect to replace baseball in the future? Would it shock you to learn that the Olympic committee may soon replace reputable sports like baseball with…professional pole dancing? That’s right; instead of Michael Phelps, Americans may soon find champion strippers starring in their own Subway commercials. While none of the “competitors” will perform nude, the basic premise and routines will be identical to what one might find in a local strip club. How are proponents of Olympic pole dancing justifying their cause? Timothy Trautman, founder and president of the International Pole Sports Federation argues, “These women are incredible athletes. They have such grace and elegance and they absolutely belong in the Olympics.”
The prophet Isaiah spoke of events like this:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
Pole dancing, an activity entirely associated with all kinds of sexual immorality, will soon make the transition to an honorable “sport.” It’s no stretch of the imagination that people will soon applaud professional erotic dancers as they hoist the American flag and sing our national anthem with gold medals around their necks. What sort message will that send young girls? They will learn that portraying their bodies in a sexually suggestive manner is actually an honorable “sport.” What about young boys? They will learn that viewing erotic dancers is not “lust”, but rather an appreciation of “grace and elegance.”
Even though the world may deceive many people to believe that pole dancing is really a legitimate sport, God calls Christians to be different. Paul compares God’s children with the rest of the world:
“and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way,” (Ephesians 4:19–20).
It’s certain that many Christians will speak out against such an obvious sin, but what about many activities that already enjoy complete social acceptance? Many high schools offer dance teams that perform during half-time shows. Regardless of your personal convictions about “dancing” in general, many of these dance teams perform routines just as sexually suggestive as their pole dancing counterparts. Are we calling evil good? What about many of the chart-topping hits played on the radio? Are we calling evil good? God wants His people to remain sensitive to sin at all times so that we do not grow callous and turn away from His holy calling.