Running for God 荣耀上帝的跑步

艾瑞克·里德尔(中文名字“李爱锐”)是一位英国的著名的百米短跑选手,也是一位基督徒。在1981年,根据他的故事而拍摄的电影“Chariots of Fire(中文翻译为‘烈火战车’)”,是一部获得了奥斯卡金像奖的电影。影片描写了他在1924年巴黎举行的奥运会时候,他放弃了他擅长的一百米短跑比赛,因为比赛是在礼拜天进行。对于一位虔诚的基督教徒来说,礼拜天是分别出来专门作为敬拜上帝的日子,不能作它用,也就是说他从来不在礼拜天参加比赛。因此,他就在另外一天参加了他从来也没有为之训练过的一些比赛项目。

起初,他参加了二百米比赛,得了个铜牌;然而更使大家惊讶的是他居然参加了四百米的比赛,不仅如此,在比赛中他还把对手们远远地摔在后面,最后竟然以47.6秒的记录得了金牌,同时也创造了当时的世界记录。而且这个世界记录直到十二年以后才被打破。

在他获得了这个辉煌成绩之后,他回到了他的出生之地 中国,当一名教师和传教士。他与他的太太并女儿们都一起住在中国。当日本入侵中国的时候,他的英雄气概又再一次显示了出来。他只是把家人处置到安全的地方,但是他自己却拒绝离开他所爱的中国老百姓。

1938年,当他得知有一位受伤的中国战士,无助地躺在一个远离他所在的教会医院70里地的一个庙宇里的时候,他毅然骑自行车经过坎坷的小路去救这个中国战士。当他到了那里的时候,他又发觉了另外一个被日本军队处死了,但是还没有完全死去的一个中国战士。他当即临时拼凑成一辆手推车,把这两个中国战士救回医院。

在约翰·凯迪所写的艾瑞克·里德尔传记里,称赞艾瑞克·里德尔的运动生涯,并把他一生之所以会做这样的事情归结于活在他心里的宗教信仰,这本名为“Running the Race (奔跑人生)”传记,也已经用中文出版了。

后来,艾瑞克·里德尔被关在日本人的集中营里,在那里他成为集中营里苦难人们的领袖。当交换犯人的机会来临的时候,艾瑞克·里德尔毅然把本来可以交换出集中营的机会,让给了一位孕妇,自己却至死留在集中营里。

一位曾经与艾瑞克·里德尔一起在集中营渡过那艰难日子的斯蒂芬·曼其高夫,后来是这样写到艾瑞克·里德尔的:他给了我两件东西,一个是他的那双穿旧了的跑鞋,而重要的是他把他那饶恕人的接力棒传了给我。他教导我要爱我们的仇敌,爱那些日本人,要为日本人祷告。

在远东,人们亲切地称呼艾瑞克·里德尔为李爱锐(或李岱尔),他是一位公认的有着上帝爱心的英雄人物。他在日本进犯中国时的英雄事迹和对中国老百姓的爱心,至今还是一位被中国人名所爱戴的英雄。李爱锐的遗体安葬在北京西南方,距离约有250公里的石家庄抗日烈士公墓里。在这个烈士公墓里埋葬着700名抗日英雄。

我们无法估计李爱锐的一生会对多少人有影响;我们深信,李爱锐的光辉一生和他的爱心将继续不断地鼓励着人们。据说,在中国已经有五千万到一亿位基督徒读了有关李爱锐的事迹。

[注:以下是有关李爱锐的一些中文连接,请查阅]

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4f14924d01009y55.html

http://blog.tianya.cn/blogger/post_read.asp?BlogID=1734740&PostID=15106375

http://liulimin.blshe.com/post/965/280877

http://news.enorth.com.cn/system/2008/07/23/003585044.shtml

http://baike.baidu.com/view/1210093.htm

http://www.gnci.org.hk/beta/gospel/read_gospel.php?gospel_id=45

http://www.chinesetheology.com/ChinaChurch/EricLiddell.htm

http://www.022net.com/2008/7-23/482652332864547-3.html

http://www.chinacourt.org/html/article/200807/25/313852.shtml

http://tj.news.cn/ztbd/liairui/index.htm

网上购买《奔跑人生》:http://book.360buy.com/10099338.html



讨论问题:
1. 你是否曾经听到过“艾瑞克·里德尔”或者“李爱锐”这个人?你是怎么听到的?

2. 你是否看过荣获金像奖的电影“烈火战车(Chariots of Fir)”?

3. 是否有一个伟人从心里真正地激励了你? 

4. 请描诉你心目中的那个伟人,和他/她使你钦佩的地方。

5. 当你想到李爱锐的时候,你还会想到谁给你留下了勇气和博爱之心?


天津李爱锐旧居

天津 李爱锐旧居

Eric Liddell, the British runner and Christian whose story was told in the Oscar winning movie Chariots of Fire (1981), declined to enter his 100 meter race in the 1924 Olympics in Paris because the races were being run on Sunday.  Because Sundays were set apart to worship God, this meant he would never run on a Sunday.  Instead he ran a race for which he had never trained for on another day. 

First he ran the 200 meter race, winning a bronze.  Then, to everyone’s amazement he entered the 400 meter race and “ran them off their feet”, winning the gold in 47.6 sec., and setting a world record.  This record was unbroken for 12 years. 

After his triumph, Eric Liddell returned to China, where he was born, to serve as a missionary and teacher.  He lived in China with his wife and daughters until the Japanese invasion, when the true mettle of the man once again became visible.  He sent his family to safety, but refused to abandon the Chinese People. 

In 1938 he heard of a wounded Chinese soldier lying helpless in a temple, 20 miles from the mission hospital.  He cycled for 20 miles over rough terrain to get there and then found another injured soldier, who had survived Japanese execution.  He manufactured a makeshift cart to help push both men to hospital.

John Keddie’s acclaimed Running the Race, a biography that places Liddell’s sporting life in the religious context in which it was lived, has been published in Mandarin.

Liddell was interned in a Japanese camp, where he became the leader of the desperate men, women and children incarcerated there.  When a prisoner exchange was made, he again refused to leave, sending a pregnant woman in his place. 

A fellow internee, Stephen Metcalfe, later wrote of Liddell:  He gave me two things.  One was his worn out running shoes, but the best thing he gave me was his baton of forgiveness.  He taught me to love my enemies, the Japanese, and to pray for them.

In the Far East, Li Airui, as Liddell was known, was considered a God-inspired and heroic man.  He is still greatly loved by the Chinese for his heroism and compassion during the Japanese invasion.   Liddell’s remains is at the Mausoleum of Martyrs at Shih-Chia-Chuang, 150 miles south-west of Beijing, where China honors 700 selected individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice in the liberation of China from the Japanese. 

It is impossible to predict the influence of a man or woman.  Liddell’s inspiring example of courage and love continues to grow.  It is estimated that there are between 50 million and 100 million Chinese Christians in China who have heard his story.  

[Note: Here are some of the links about Eric Liddell.]

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4f14924d01009y55.html

http://blog.tianya.cn/blogger/post_read.asp?BlogID=1734740&PostID=15106375

http://liulimin.blshe.com/post/965/280877

http://news.enorth.com.cn/system/2008/07/23/003585044.shtml

http://baike.baidu.com/view/1210093.htm

http://www.gnci.org.hk/beta/gospel/read_gospel.php?gospel_id=45

http://www.chinesetheology.com/ChinaChurch/EricLiddell.htm

http://www.022net.com/2008/7-23/482652332864547-3.html

http://www.chinacourt.org/html/article/200807/25/313852.shtml

http://tj.news.cn/ztbd/liairui/index.htm

To order<Running the Race>, in Chinese,online: http://book.360buy.com/10099338.html

Discussion Questions:
1. Have you ever heard of Eric Liddell or Li Airui before?  How did you hear about him?

2. Have you seen or heard of the Oscar winning movie Chariots of Fire?

3. Is there someone who inspires you -- who you think is a great person?  

4. Please describe this person and what you admire about him or her.

5. Who else comes to your mind when you think of someone, like Eric Liddell, who has left a legacy of courage and love for other people?



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