Have you ever encountered something so bizarre,
so completely removed from the pattern of modern life that it made you wonder if the end of the world was actually at hand?
I just had that experience while watching the Fox News Channel.
In the SRL Files under “He said WHAT?”
I have to confess that when I first heard these words proceed from Brit Hume’s mouth I thought I had eaten one too many holiday See’s candies.
I mean that kind of talk can get you fired as a Walmart greeter, let alone as a commentator on a national news network.
To say that Tiger Woods problems are essentially spiritual would have been shocking enough here in the land of the free and home of the secular.
But to add that what this fallen icon really needs is a new heart, and that kind of transformation is possible through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is mind-blowing.
Now, the response to Hume’s bold analysis is somewhat predictable.
The resident atheist at the Hotair.com blog inserts the snark tinged question, “What kind of advice would Brit Hume offer (disgraced South Carolina governor and professing Christian) Mark Sanford?”
MSNBC host David Shuster went so far as to say that even mentioning Christianity on a secular program “diminishes” the faith.
No word from Shuster as to whether discussing someone else’s discussion of a faith is an act of “diminishment” as well.
But back to the Sanford issue.
Although it is clear that the purpose of posing the question wasn’t to seek an actual answer – kind of like when the dime store philosopher in the college class asks, “Can God create a rock so big He can’t lift it?” – there is an important biblical response.
Although I am absolutely sure Brit Hume can speak for himself, you’ll pardon me if I step in and share.
A Bible believing Christian would have the exactly identical advice for both of these men.
Tiger Woods experienced a life-sized melt down when his pathetic track record of serial womanizing was publically exposed.
Mark Sanford’s infidelity came to light when a professed sudden yen to hike the Appalachian Trail turned out to be a cover for a sleazy encounter with his mistress in Argentina.
And whether it was a carefully crafted image of a man who marvelously balanced being the most highly recognized athlete in the world with a classy commitment to being a family man, or the reputation of a rising star in Republican politics whose creed and conduct were miles apart, both have two things in common.
Their sin found them out.
And there is still a Savior Who seeks them.
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2:16-17)
Could you imagine what this last holiday season must have been like for Tiger Woods or Mark Sanford?
I’m sure neither of these men ever imagined that their Christmas dinner menu would include a heaping helping of humble pie.
But as the old adage goes, we usually have to hit bottom before real constructive change can happen in our lives.
Perhaps from the perspective gained from that low water mark of life, the advice of a man like Brit Hume will do more than just cause consternation among his critics.
You see Brit Hume didn’t come by his spiritual convictions easily.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Hume shared his relationship with God came at a dark time in his own life.
I certainly want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I’m not claiming it’s impossible to do when you work in this business. I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died (by suicide in 1998), I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it’s a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you’re not really living it.
Both Mark Sanford and Tiger Woods could benefit from that kind of perspective.
And if they have ears to hear, both of these men who have known public disgrace might just find a real relationship with God that can bring genuine change and healing to their lives.
No matter how many secularists are offended in the process.
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