Why Lance Armstrong deserves forgiveness

If you were expecting that at some point in this public, tragic, developing story I became surprised, disappointed, jaded with humanity, disgusted or let down then I may be among a minority group.

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I really wasn’t surprised when the media began buzzing late last year with confident speculation that Lance Armstrong earned his cycling achievements with the help of various kinds of doping. I wasn’t surprised when his endorsers such as Nike dropped or began revaluation of their partnership with him. I wasn’t surprised when he distanced himself from his Livestrong foundation. And I wasn’t surprised about his confession last night on the first part airing of a two-part Oprah Winfrey exclusive interview.

If you were expecting that at some point in this public, tragic, developing story I became surprised, disappointed, jaded with humanity, disgusted or let down then I may be among a minority group.

The Depravity of Man
It’s not that I thought too lowly of him personally so that I couldn’t be let down and I have a higher expectation of other people. It’s that I whole heartedly have learned and accepted the depravity of man. That’s our fancy Christian theological term that we get the fact that there is something deeply wrong with humans to the core of sub atomic particles (I’m trying to go lower than DNA). The Bible says we are born in sin and shaped in iniquity (Ps 51:5). For man to look within himself to find ultimate satisfaction and achievement is futile. We aren’t as good as people make us out to be when we do something grand and neither are we as bad as they say we are when we hurt them. So I look at Lance through a “Nature of Man” lens and I conclude that from a matter of creation I am in the same boat that he is.

Postmodern Hypocrisy
You’ll here me talk about postmodernism a lot because it’s the cultural era that we are in. We’re a pluralist society that believes that truth is relative. We don’t believe in meaning, authority or words. We love open-ended movies like Inception that shares the director and writer’s seat with us. We want to have the final say because our internal feelings and life experiences seem surer than any external philosophy, religion, and at times science. But with relative truth comes relative judgement. Without an absolute moral transcendent belief in what is right and wrong then Armstrong’s actions only hurts individuals, fans and society because they were the object of his actions not because the actions themselves are always wrong. Unless one is going to take an absolute stand that they would not have behaved in any manner that Armstrong did then one would be a hypocrite. You’ve heard it said before but it’s true: we’re a society that then builds people up and when they screw up(and we all do to various degrees) then we throw them away. We have to foster a world that honors integrity, preparation and honesty before we scorn those who fall short (Romans 3:23). I heard in his interview that he’s been a fighter from youth and that his mother had him young. He also said that the cancer revelation turned him to the dark side so to speak. I’m not making blanket excuses because of his childhood or illness (which may have been influenced by the doping), but when will we become a people who asks whether or not someone is ready for certain careers, responsibilities and leadership when they still need time building their character? This is a lesson I had to learn. Jesus took 30 years to prepare for 3 years of ministry. It’s actually the opposite now. The faster you can get to your goal the more admired you are. A well-known televangelist said: “A lot of people have a gift to take them somewhere but not enough character to keep them there.”

The Exclusivity of Christianity and Lance’s Hope
Since truth by definition is actually exclusive I believe that Jesus and Christianity is the only plan for man (John 14:6). It’s either that all religions or wrong or 1 is right. But they all can’t be right. Jesus welcomes Lance. Jesus has been waiting for Lance. Lance will have no condemnation (Romans 8:1) and he will have a double sense of peace for the shame that he feels(Is 61:7). The next days, weeks and years ahead will play out right as long as he continues to unravel is complete truth. Only the truth will set him free. And on that path to truth his character will finally get to where God wanted it to be before he started cycling and it will nurture his children and be a testimony to the whole world. Finally he’ll know what it means to really LIVESTRONG. Because he came that we might have life and life more abundantly.

Addition after viewing part 2
It’s seems very probably that Lance’s ex-wife is of some sort of Christian believer. He talked about her being spiritual and someone who cares about integrity. He respects her standards and she gave him the ultimatum of going clean to do the final race. He mentioned she believes “the truth will set you free” which is what Jesus said. This encourages me that he has believers praying for him. There is no doubt that he is being covered in prayer by some Christians.

If you’re still reading this I’m glad because that means the blog post’s title wasn’t too farfetched for you. LOL. And I hope after reading this you can say a prayer for Lance believing that he’ll get to know the lover of his soul.

If you want to know about becoming a Christian then read this and find a bible based church in your area.

-Zan

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3 thoughts on “Why Lance Armstrong deserves forgiveness

  1. Pingback: Oscar Pistorius and Corinthians | The Musings of Zania

  2. We’re a pluralist society that believes that truth is relative. We don’t believe in meaning, authority or words. We love open-ended movies like Inception that shares the director and writer’s seat with us. We want to have the final say because our internal feelings and life experiences seem surer than any external philosophy, religion, and at times science. But with relative truth comes relative judgement. Very well said, thanks!

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