Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Flying Man

You must read this article from the Mission Frontiers magazine about Eric Liddell, the subject for the movie "Chariots of Fire." A new film is being made by a Chinese filmaker about him called "The Flying Man."

He is the runner who started out winning Olympic medals and then returned to China where his missionary parents raised him, to do missionary work instead of relishing fame and fortune, only to be imprisoned by the invading Japanese, and to die in an internment camp there. He sent his wife and children away when he realized that it wasn't going to be safe, as soon as the Japanese moved in on them, so he could continue his missionary work, and once in the internment camp, he was offered a way out, but chose to stay to help people instead and therefore died of disease.

What is so inspiring to me is the passion that the Chinese have today for Christ and for remembering this missionary. Even the Chinese government have cooperated in commemorating this man's legacy.

What I can't help thinking about is the plaque that my parents used to have on their wall that said "only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last," and the words of Sydney Carton in "Tale of Two Cities" who said as he was about to give up his life to save his friend's life in an act of martyrdom, "it is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done. It is a far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." Eric Liddell went to a far better rest.

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