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Not Ashamed of the Gospel (Brit Hume on Tiger Woods)
CE ^ | January 4, 2010 | Mary Kochran

Posted on 01/04/2010 6:09:06 AM PST by NYer

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek — Romans 1:16 RSV.

Something truly amazing happened yesterday morning on the Fox News Sunday show hosted by Chris Wallace. In the roundtable discussion at the end of the show, each panelist was asked to make a sports prediction for 2010. Brit Hume forecast that Tiger Woods will get his golf game back on track, but then went on to say:

Whether he can recover as a person [...] 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.”

It was really a rather stunning moment. Brit managed in just a couple of sentences to lovingly proclaim the gospel to a notorious sinner and to do so succinctly and courageously and with an intellectually unassailable argument. Naturally, some people are apoplectic over this.

Brit is in for it with bloggers and commentators. He’s being called “arrogant’ — how dare he judge that one faith is better than another? He is being called “rude” — faith is a “private matter.” His reason is being questioned — one blogger sarcastically asked why the Christian God had let that Buddhist win so many golf games against Christians. More than one person feels compelled to point out that some high-profile Christians have been involved in major sex scandals within the living memory of us all. Others cannot understand why Hume “dismissed Buddhism” as “inadequate for those with family problems.”

What’s going on here? To some extent this is just the normal resistance of the unwashed and wayward to the message of salvation. It’s “la, la, la, I can’t hear you” when it comes to the subject of Christ as anything other than a social justice do-gooder (conveniently forgetting that Jesus kept annoyingly advising people to “repent” — what’s up with that?). But there is more at work when the narrative of Christianity and how that differs from the reality account of other faiths is so unfamiliar to so many.

All religions see the human world as broken in some way. Buddhism and Christianity both offer an account of this brokenness and a way for it to be healed. In Christianity the problem is sin, the solution is forgiveness, and what you are aiming for is eternal personal life in heaven. In Buddhism the problem is suffering, the solution is to stop being attached to desires, and the aim is to get off the wheel of reincarnation and enter Nirvana, a state of personal non-existence. This is an objective and simple set of facts. it is a sad commentary on on the state of our educational system, at least, that every educated adult does not know this.

When Brit Hume said that Buddhism doesn’t offer “the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith,” he wasn’t saying anything insulting about Buddhism. If a Buddhist said that Christianity does not have Nirvana as a goal, he would also be speaking the non-insulting truth. They are different religions. Hume’s very simple and straightforward assertion of that fact shocks the happily indifferent who love to indulge in the pseudo-intellectual trope that all religions are different paths up the same mountain. They aren’t. They offer different — and what is more, mutually incompatible — accounts of reality, the human condition, and what is necessary to fix it. Logically, Buddhism and Christianity could both be false, but they cannot both be true. If one is true, the other is not.

Now Buddhism sees the kind of sensual lust that has destroyed Tiger Woods’s marriage as a serious hindrance to following the noble eight-fold path that leads to Nirvana. Although in Buddhism there is no personal God who can grant forgiveness, Buddhism does offer very concrete practices to help a person overcome lust and other deleterious habits of thought and behavior. And Brit Hume did not deny any of this. He did not suggest that Woods’s destructive behavior was the result of his Buddhism. He did not assert that Christians are incapable of the same depravity that has come to light in Woods’s life. He just pointed out that, in his opinion, what Tiger Woods really needed was forgiveness and that forgiveness was not a feature of Buddhism, as it is of the Christian faith.

And on that Hume was right. He was right about the difference between the two faiths and he was right about Tiger. Tiger Woods, like every other sinner — like every one of us — does need forgiveness. He needs Jesus. And that’s why, in the Christian account of things, no matter how politically incorrect it may be, no matter how much the world writhes upon hearing it — religion is never a mere private affair. It is a public — publicized, proclaimed, heralded, shouted from the rooftops — account of reality, belief in which is confessed publicly. In fact, it is the the account of reality that is the basis of our entire civilization, and what could be more public than that?

It is the job of serious Christians to make the world acquainted with the Gospel, with the Good News that here there is forgiveness. But Brit Hume said something more — something very interesting: that not only is forgiveness available, but so is recovery.

Grace is power. It is the power to overcome evil with good, to be freed from the control of lust, greed, anger, and other sins. It is a power that we don’t just have to work hard enough or practice enough to possess, but instead it is given to us by a personal God who made us and loves us all. He loves all human beings, Christian and non-Christian, and just as he makes the rain fall upon the righteous and the ungodly, so He bestows such gifts as athletic talent and intelligence upon Christians and non-Christians with great liberality. And anyway, what would the world say if God only let Christians win at sports?

God bless Brit Hume for not being ashamed of the Gosple, for loving Tiger Woods enough to point him to Christ, for not being cowed by political correctness into hiding his faith. I don’t know what 2010 has in store for Tiger Woods — or any of us — but if Brit Hume’s example encourages other Christians to speak out boldly and offer Christ to everyone, it will be a great year!


TOPICS: Apologetics; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: brithume; buddhism; christianity; fnc; hume; tigerwoods; woods

1 posted on 01/04/2010 6:09:07 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 01/04/2010 6:09:32 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Thank you for posting this. And God Bless Brit Hume.


3 posted on 01/04/2010 6:14:51 AM PST by Bainbridge
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To: NYer
Brit Hume is a good man and Tiger Woods needs all of the advise from good men that he can get!
4 posted on 01/04/2010 6:14:56 AM PST by wmileo
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To: NYer

Grew up being taught the beauty of Christ’s philosophy. Breaks my heart to see Christianity attacked in our day as a destructive force. It’s pure hate for a religion of love.


5 posted on 01/04/2010 6:16:03 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: NYer

How funny, Britt Hume was asked his view on Tiger Woods, he gave an honest answer, and of course for some, that answer, Faith in the Redemption that Christ offers is some sort of scandal.

Good for Britt Hume, ask a simple question, expect an honest answer.


6 posted on 01/04/2010 6:16:14 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: NYer

Great analysis. Thanks.


7 posted on 01/04/2010 6:17:55 AM PST by Mercat (Reluctant glenbeckian)
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To: PapaBear3625

Ping!


8 posted on 01/04/2010 6:19:10 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

I was watching Sunday and saw/heard Brit. I was thrilled he would say this.


9 posted on 01/04/2010 6:21:04 AM PST by native texan ("don't tread on me")
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To: NYer

I saw this. Brit was wonderful - straightforward and honest. I hope Tiger takes Brit’s advice.


10 posted on 01/04/2010 6:29:31 AM PST by iceskater (The "public option" in government run health care means no option at all.)
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To: NYer

I must’ve missed this: puts in perspective how petty the arguments sometimes are between Christians.


11 posted on 01/04/2010 6:33:13 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: padre35

Political Correctness will demand that Hume be punished for telling the truth.

All religions are not equal, they do not all lead to the truth, and they do not all lead to God.


12 posted on 01/04/2010 6:33:35 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: NYer

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


13 posted on 01/04/2010 6:35:56 AM PST by PGalt
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To: MrB
"All religions are not equal, they do not all lead to the truth, and they do not all lead to God."

Which do and which do not?

14 posted on 01/04/2010 6:36:09 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: NYer
God Bless Brit Hume.
15 posted on 01/04/2010 6:39:55 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: verity

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father (God) except by Me.”

No one makes a statement like that unless he is a total nutcase, a liar, or else the statement is true.

Having examined the other things that Jesus said and did, I am positive that this is a true statement.

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father (God) except by Me.” - Jesus Christ, the Gospel of John, 14th Chapter, 6th verse.


16 posted on 01/04/2010 6:43:41 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: NYer
I am Tiger Woods. We are all Tiger Woods. We are all a couple of realy stupid, selfish decisions away from totally ruining everything. I pray for Tiger alot. Ever since Payne Stewart's funeral at First Baptist Orlando, I have been praying that the seed that was planted then would take root and grow in Tiger.

Men love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. I pray Tiger lives in Eph 5 for a while. I pray our nation lives there as well. I pray I live there.

17 posted on 01/04/2010 6:52:10 AM PST by greyline90
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To: NYer

holy crap, he gave his opinion when asked!! he should be drawn and quartered!!!!


18 posted on 01/04/2010 6:52:40 AM PST by lonster
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To: MrB

Exactly, and Hume said exactly that, more or less, the idea of a ecumenical Truth is absurd on it’s face.

If there is one thing secularists hate it is Certitude in Faith, it galls them to even consider it, let alone to hear someone say unapolegtically “there is one way to Heaven, and that is through Jesus the Christ”.

For the haters, Truth is arrogance.


19 posted on 01/04/2010 7:00:33 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: NYer
Can Woods Be(come) Good? The Lie of the Tiger
20 posted on 01/04/2010 7:01:51 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: NYer

Jesus was very exclusive and narrow-minded: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” And He is right!


21 posted on 01/04/2010 7:17:48 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: MrB

Fortunately, Hume works for a network that allows differing opinions to be aired. Even if that wasn’t the case, my guess is that Hume would tell his detractors to blow it out their you know whats.


22 posted on 01/04/2010 7:18:44 AM PST by johnfchick
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To: NYer

I saw it and was impressed and startled. When does anything like that ever happen? Cheers for Brit!


23 posted on 01/04/2010 7:41:49 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: NYer

I saw it and was impressed and startled. When does anything like that ever happen? Cheers for Brit!


24 posted on 01/04/2010 7:41:53 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: NYer; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; ...

Brit H is right on! Buddhism and Hinduism believe in a series of “merit/de-merit” rebirths. Thus, the Tasmaniam Devil is born that way because of sins committed in a prior life as is the baboon, the rattle-snake and the crocodile.


25 posted on 01/04/2010 7:44:30 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: NYer

**Whether he can recover as a person [...] 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.”**

Blessings for 2010 to Brit Hume. What a fellow!


26 posted on 01/04/2010 7:46:26 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: verity

Why do you ask?

Genuinely interested, or just wanting to fight?


27 posted on 01/04/2010 8:13:35 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB
I think you want to ignore the fact that non-Christians can have a deep and abiding faith in their dogmas and thus would consider you a heretic.
28 posted on 01/04/2010 8:53:01 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: verity

It’s not heresy in that case. Heresy is variance from the doctrines of the faith. Christianity is non Buddhist; a complete departure from the Buddhist faith.


29 posted on 01/04/2010 12:22:24 PM PST by MarkBsnr ( I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: MarkBsnr

Can you address Mr. B assertion, i.e. “All religions are not equal, they do not all lead to the truth, and they do not all lead to God.” ?


30 posted on 01/04/2010 12:54:51 PM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: NYer

God bless Brit for not being ashamed of the Gospel as so many Christians—even believing Christians—are.


31 posted on 01/04/2010 4:34:27 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: NYer
God bless Brit Hume for not being ashamed of the Gospel, for loving Tiger Woods enough to point him to Christ, for not being cowed by political correctness into hiding his faith.

Filed under "wish I'd said that first".

32 posted on 01/04/2010 5:16:16 PM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters, now.)
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To: verity

Certainly Buddhism does not lead to God, because it does not teach that He exists. Still God is the Creator of all men and desires that they be saved. So to the extent that Buddhism teaches men to act as if they had faith, then surely that is a good thing.


33 posted on 01/04/2010 5:32:32 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: verity

Certainly Buddhism does not lead to God, because it does not teach that He exists. Still God is the Creator of all men and desires that they be saved. So to the extent that Buddhism teaches men to act as if they had faith, then surely that is a good thing.


34 posted on 01/04/2010 5:32:41 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: NYer

Brit Hume on “Fox News Sunday:”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szVYlDSb7nM

“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it’s a tragic situation for him. I think he’s lost his family, it’s not clear to me if he’ll 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 — seems to me to depend 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.’”

Hume on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night. The Tiger Woods issue begins at 3:40:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iPoGq1Caro


35 posted on 01/05/2010 1:49:08 AM PST by iowamark
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To: RobbyS

Thank you for your courteous and intelligent response.


36 posted on 01/05/2010 6:13:46 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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