Tiger Woods, Brit Hume and Christianity…oh My!

January 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM

By now, most of us are familiar with the dalliances of Tiger Woods.  Though married, apparently, his marital vows did not mean much when confronted with the opportunity to enjoy “sin for a season.”

I certainly do not want to condemn the man, and that’s not what this blog is about today.  Frankly, I pray that Mr. Woods and his estranged wife find a way to come back together.  I also pray that Tiger will find the only forgiveness that is real – through Jesus Christ.

My blog today is actually about Brit Hume’s comments recently on the FOX Network, and the response his comments received, by professed Christians, of all people.

As Brit was being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly, Brit stated this about Tiger Woods:

Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person, I think is a very open question. Its a tragic situation with him. I think he has lost his family. Its not clear to me whether he will be able to have a relationship with his children. But the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal; the extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith. He’s said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be: Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.

Frankly, I see nothing wrong with it, except for the fact that the television did not immediately go blank because of Hume’s attempt to proselytize (for those in doubt, I say that with tongue in cheek).  Brit Hume is correct.  All people need Jesus.  All people need to make a decision about Jesus Christ – who is He, and what did He accomplish?  Fortunately, Brit Hume had the wherewithal to say the truth, let the chips fall where they may.

That brings us to the interesting part of the story.  You would think that so-called evangelical Christians would get behind Hume’s apologetic, supporting his efforts to share the truth about Jesus Christ and Christianity itself.  Apparently, nothing could be further from the truth.

Bill Wilson, in an email update from Prophezine.com, stated, “Baptist pastor Welton Gaddy wrote in the Washington Post, “Having served as a Christian minister for 50 years, I am delighted to see my faith discussed in public. However, I am not pleased to see my faith used in a utilitarian manner whether the issue is personal forgiveness or national politics.” Gaddy parroted almost every national newsman and religious commentator on staff at newspapers, and radio and television stations–that Hume should not have evangelized on a TV news program.”

Is this not tragic?  Here, a Baptist pastor would rather have had Hume say nothing apparently, then to have heard him preach the Gospel.  I have to wonder why people like Gaddy believe Christians are left on this earth after becoming saved?  If it is not to preach to the lost, as at least part of our commission, then where does that come into play?

Today, more and more we are seeing the rights of Christians being eroded from society.  Whether people believe it to be the case or not, this country was founded upon the Bible.  Many of the laws of this nation were drafted with an open Bible and that is just plain fact.  Yet, more and more lawmakers are repudiating that history, preferring instead to move toward a more Socialistic mindset and government.

We have come to expect that, because these individuals are godless, for the most part.  However, to hear of other alleged Christians who are also jumping on the bandwagon in criticism of someone who has born witness to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is an absurdity of major proportions!

Gaddy makes absolutely no sense to me.  Like a politician, he seems to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth.  On one hand, he states that he is glad “his” faith is discussed in public.  On the other hand, he seems to be stating that it should not have been used to point out the flaws in either other individuals, or other religious beliefs.  If it cannot be used to point out the flaws of individuals and opposing religious systems, what good is it?  Where do we then relegate Christianity and our Lord to, if not the arena of public discourse, just churches?

People need to wake up to the fact that millions of souls are on the outside of salvation.  They stand either abjectly rejecting Christ, or perplexed over Him and His mission.  If the Christian does not – at all times – offer a word of truth to the soul seeking it (whether they think so or not), then that Christian has failed in his obligation.

In the Old Testament, God told Ezekiel that he was to go to the house of Israel and tell them what He (God) told Ezekiel to tell them.  He was specifically to do this whether they listened or not.  This phrase is repeated throughout Ezekiel numerous times.

The point for us as Christians today, is that there is no better time to tell people about the truth of Jesus Christ, His cross, His death in which He shed His own blood as a remission for OUR sin (yours and mine), and the fact that He rose from the dead, sealing the deal.  Do we care about people at all?  Do we love them as God loves us?  If we SAY we do, then we cannot remain silent, or speak only when it is publicly admissible to do so.

Our first obligation is to God and that obligation includes our fulfilling the Great Commission, which, to my knowledge, has never been rescinded.

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