Published January 12, 2010

Paul's Epistle...
"Boldly Proclaiming..."

A week ago last Sunday (Jan. 3rd) on a nationally-telecast talk show, the subject turned to Tiger Woods. Would the confessed and now-disgraced serial adulterer ever be able to make a comeback in the field of professional golf?

Speaking on that political panel show, "Fox News Sunday," veteran Fox News analyst Brit Hume speculated that Woods probably would eventually recover professionally. But Hume said Woods' personal life was much more difficult to predict.

Hume said, "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."

Wait... Did he say "faith?"

And then Hume noted that Woods is a self-proclaimed Buddhist. "I don't think that faith [Buddhism] 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.'"

Liberals in the media – self-important commentators on radio and TV and liberal columnists in the print media – immediately launched a withering assault of condemnation and ridicule upon Hume for having the audacity and impertinence to say such a scandalous thing on national TV. Where is today's much-vaunted notion of "tolerance" in this? Where is the liberal religionist's "all-paths-lead-to-heaven (or, in this case, nirvana)" fantasy? And how dare Hume mention Christianity in the media in favorable terms as a one-of-a-kind solution to something called "sin," of all things! Why....it's.....it's just not DONE!

The liberal media would surely have given a pass to any comparable reference to any other religion. But not Christianity, which is the only "forbidden" topic. Hume later said, "It is certainly true in secular America today that the most controversial two words you can ever utter in a public space are ‘Jesus Christ.'" Later, in a CBN News interview, he called them the two "most explosive" words. (See Luke 21:17.)

What's more, Hume told CNSNews.com, "I think it is true that for people who are not Christian, Christianity makes a fairly extravagant claim, which is that the Son of God – God made flesh – came into this world, lived, suffered terribly, and died for the remission of our sins, and then rose again...."  Wow – that almost sounds like he's paraphrasing the Apostle's Creed.

Columnist Ann Coulter recently ran a syndicated column on this that quoted verbatim no fewer than half-a-dozen Scripture verses outlining what Christian salvation is all about — the confession, and the resultant forgiveness, of sins. In her characteristically blunt style, she said, "...if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies – no doing what the other kids do. And no more caring what the world thinks of you – because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: the world will hate you." (See Luke 6:22, John 15:18,19.)

As I wrote in a previous column, it is exactly because only Christianity is the truth that those who don't want to hear the truth — or are inconvenienced by it — get so agitated about it. They actually choose not to rightly understand it. And they make up strange claims about how what Christians do or say in love is actually "hate." ("Hate" is a liberal code word for Christian beliefs.) It reminds me of Christ's words: "Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word" (John 8:43, RSV). Satan, who is the father of lies (v.44), is the model of great tolerance toward any false religion, but he's violently intolerant of the truths of Christianity. And Satan's followers are simply following his example. Christ said to such people, "...because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me" (v.45). They just don't want to hear it.

Hume told CBN News that he became a Christian eleven years ago after his son committed suicide. "As you can imagine, it was absolutely devastating. And yet throughout that whole horrible time, I had this sense that God was there for me, that He would rescue me, that He would save me – and He did."

I don't know anything more about Hume's personal testimony, but he was spot-on correct with his comments about — and to — Woods. And, yes, only Christ – the power of the risen Lord – can change someone who's sunk deeply in sin. As Fanny Crosby's classic hymn, "To God Be The Glory," says,

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

(Tiger, are you listening?)

Hume is no dummy. He has been in the national media long enough to know that his comments – even though totally true – would ignite a vicious firestorm of derision. And they certainly did. But, especially because he knew that, he is certainly to be commended for taking a stand on his own beliefs and sharing them so publicly in a secular environment on America's highest-rated cable news network.

Would you have had the "intestinal fortitude" to do that?

God doesn't give all of us such lofty platforms. But He does want us — and expect us — to share our faith boldly wherever we are and whenever we can, whether the audience is ten million – or one individual.

- Paul

PS: You may be able to see Hume's comments via youtube, if the video has not been pulled. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVjuO5v5Cts&feature=player_embedded

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