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Brit Hume on Buddhism, Forgiveness & Redemption

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On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume discussed Tiger Woods' recent difficulties, along with a brief mention of the golfer's Buddhist faith.  But Hume went on to say, "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...turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

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  • Forgive me for not applauding, but I think that this is a prime example of what people like Ken Myers, Neil Postman, Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, etc., see as form contradicting content. I like the words that came out of Brit Hume's mouth, but because of his identity as a Fox News political neoconservative, many will not be able to hear the gospel. I dare say that this contradiction would only be intensified by a more blatant gospel presentation by Brit Hume on the Bill O'Reilly show.

    There are sensibilities inherent in the technological form of the television "news" show and of the political position of neoconservatism that are simply incompatible with the gospel.

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  • The only unfortunate thing about this is that Brit Hume is a Fox News commentator. This means that while just about every conservative Christian might have heard the comment, Tiger most likely never heard it. It's all good to share your faith, and I'm happy for him (he did the right thing), but I wonder if it will work. Essentially, this is the old-school shotgun effect of evangelism. What Tiger needs is someone close to him to show him faith. I hope he gets that.

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  • Guest - Robert T.

    I agree with James that Britt Hume is to be commended for his bravery and faithfulness. For someone in his position -- network newscaster, journalist, inside the Beltway favorite -- to commend Christ in any formulation cost him dearly, and more than it would cost any of us. When our default position is to criticize his formulation or fault him for theological imprecision, we evidence a serious immaturity and sinful arrogance. How many times have any of us publicly witnessed for Christ in front of an audience of 54 million people at great personal cost?

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  • Guest - pb

    Come on, please, he was not attempting a theological discourse or making his Reformed bones...the mere fact that he made the statement - and knew that Christianity was about forgiveness, not just ethics - should be cause for celebration.

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  • Guest - Robert T.

    Chris, your leftist politics are showing in that bon mot. The Gospel is powerful enough to save even neoconservatives, and the Gospel is powerful enough to save even when declared out of the mouth of a conservative Fox News journalist.

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  • Guest - wesley b

    Please, when was the last time one of you detracters heared anyone say anything possitive about christianty.We are under the bus before any other religion that go for islam. As for HUME you expect R.C. SPROUL I belive a word of thanks is in order and not so self rightous I like that "SOLO DEL GLORIA"

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  • Guest - BJLEWIS

    I am delighted that Mr. Hume took a chance and then further reiterated that Christ and that name only provides redemption. I understand those who 'fear' that the association with news, conservativism, etc., might negatively impact the reception. But I must say: Mr. Hume may have sacrificed much to make his statement. Folks will hear about it and some will openly and vehenmently mock Mr. Hume and the Faith. But : God's word does not go out void and always accomplishes His purposes. Praise God for any opportunity to tell of Christ's work and sacrifice and the very real human need of forgiveness and cleansing. Let us pray for Tiger's salvation and more bold and appropriate witness for Christ!

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  • Guest - Linda

    Several months ago when Brit Hume was about to retire I read a posting on a reformed list that was written by someone that knew Brit Hume. He had said on Fox News that after retiring he was going to concentrate on 3 G's. God Golf and Grandchildren. The posting said that he was very interested in learning about reformed theology. I was glad to hear that. Most of the people on Fox are Catholic.

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  • Guest - Nate

    "What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice." - Philippians 1:18

    It's easy to be a critic. Surely Paul could've pointed out a million things that weren't right about the people who were preaching the gospel out of ill motives. But he refrains. Instead, he rejoices. Why? Because Christ is proclaimed.

    Brit proclaimed Christ, though imperfectly. We should follow his example and do the same.

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