The Trouble Within

I wanted to take a great point I was reading about on another blog and share it with you here in my own words.  There has been an endless amount of coverage on the recent Tiger Woods tragedy or scandal or what have you.  News channels have brought in a wide range of ‘experts’ to analize why and how Tiger could have done such a thing.

The “expert opinion” given by most of these people has been all over the board, but, notice carefully which type of ‘expert’ you never see giving their analysis… We have the publicist, psychologists, lawyers; We have friends of Tiger, and friends of his mistresses and the ladies themselves; We don’t have any ‘experts’ giving a spiritual analysis.  Why is it that a pastor or other Christian leader (or, to be fair, other religious leaders) are not considered part of the panel that discusses the analysis of what the problem is?

Why could this be?

One person in the media, Brit Hume, recently “appealed to Tiger Woods to find redemption and forgiveness in Christianity… and presents the issue as one of objective truth …and gets right to the heart of the matter of alienation with others and God and our need for forgiveness and reconciliation. He doesn’t present Christianity as a placebo, faith makes us feel better. He offers what Woods needs, what we all need: redemption.”(1)  He was soon thereafter ransacked with attacks from other media outlets and even comedian Jon Stewart, who openly and blatantly mocked the Christian faith, using Hume as his primary target(2).

I propose that the Christian worldview… the Christian message that we call the Gospel… the Good News, is a threat to todays western culture. It is offensive because of its implications (Matthew 11:6).  It creates this incredible sense of contempt among the general public more and more every day, and especially within the media. Jesus said it Himself, “…They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. (John 15:18-21)”   The Christian faith calls for change.  It creates change in the hearts of man.  A change for the better: “…If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’. (John 7:37-38)” 

Friends, if this Christian faith is such a threat to you, won’t you stop for a moment and ask yourself “Why?” 
If you want change in your life, from the inside-out… if you have lost control of your life, and have made a complete disaster of it, I do believe it is much like Mr. Hume said… “… turn to (Jesus) and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world…”

Watch an exerpt of Brit Hume’s video here:
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More reading if you wish: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, John 15:18-21, Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:13, Romans 1:18-24 and John 8:42-46

(1) Stand To Reason – Brit Humes Witness
(2) Jon Stewart

One comment to “The Trouble Within”
  1. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and I’m not at all surprised by the lashing out at Hume. But
    it is still so upsetting to here the disrespect and mockery presented from the Jon Stewart clip. Jesus said it best as he was hanging on the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

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