Thursday, January 7, 2010

Religion for Sinners

I didn't catch it on Fox News Sunday, but apparently Brit Hume made a very poignant statement about Christianity during a panel discussion. His comment was about the recent struggles of Tiger Woods. Here is the core of what was said by this former anchor:

"The Tiger Woods that emerges, once the news value dies out of this scandal, the extent to which he can recover, 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."

During an interview with Christianity Today, Hume spoke about his comments on Woods as well as some words about his own relationship with Christ. One particular sentence really caught my eye. Not because it was deep and theological, but because it was simple, profound and true. Hume said, "Christianity is a religion for sinners." (Hume actually repeated this statement later.) He went on to explain that forgiveness and redemption is what Tiger Woods needs, and he is not alone.

I commend Brit Hume for his honesty during the broadcast and for saying out loud, in front of millions, what many Christians have been thinking. I pray that we all will be emboldened to speak truth and proclaim Christ. Not as some sort of canned cliche, but rather as a natural way of conversing with everyone we meet. Because the truth is, everyone we meet is a sinner and needs Christ!

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