The New York Times has an excellent article that describes how head archery coach Kisik Lee, a born-again Christian, pressures his team members to become Christian, to attend Christian church, and to pray together. Is this another overblown reaction to a humble believer's faith? I don't think so. Lee's transgressions are shameful:
- Lee uses prayer as an integral part of training.
- He gives every new athlete on his team a copy of "The Purpose Driven Life" by evangelical Christian Rick Warren.
- Lee prays with the Christian athletes every morning.
- Athletes are pressured to attend a Christian church, even after asking to be left alone.
- Lee feels he can't coach non-Christians as effectively as Christians.
Any person in a position of power has to take extra care practice complete impartiality in all things. Lee isn't just any coach: He's the head coach. He lives with the archers, trains them daily, decides who gets grants, and decides who stays on the team and who goes. The athletes' Olympic careers are totally dependent on Lee's favor. Whether Lee is actually impartial is almost irrelevant; the simple fact is that he is using his position of power in an immoral way.
Christians, including pastor Rick Warren, should be ashamed of Lee, and should pressure him to halt his unethical, and possibly illegal, religious proselytizing. If Lee were a true Christian, he would know this.