Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kudos to Brit Hume for Publicly Offering Christ's Forgiveness to Tiger Woods / Bogus "Anti-Buddhist" Accusations Betray Fundamental Ignorance

It's interesting that Reuters produced the following article from November 2008:

Fox News' Brit Hume leaving for family, religion

Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - After 12 years at Fox News Channel and four decades in the news business, Washington managing editor Brit Hume will leave "Special Report" and daily journalism for a quieter life, spending time with his grandchildren and following his Christian faith . . .

He was cited in the article:

    I certainly want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I'm not claiming it's impossible to do when you work in this business. I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died (by suicide in 1998), I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it's a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you're not really living it.

Apparently, Hume is an evangelical Anglican. His further thoughts on the incident in a You Tube clip of his appearance on Bill O'Reilly are also very interesting and refreshing to see:

See also the usual inane, clueless, "PC" ultra-secularist talk from MSNBC, as Pat Buchanan (a rather traditionalist Catholic) is interviewed, and defends Brit Hume:

Nor did Hume denigrate Buddhism. He said it didn't offer "the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith," which is certainly true, and indeed, undeniable, since Buddhism has no personal God (see a Buddhist site discussing that question); hence there is a transcendent personal element in Christianity that is wholly missing in Buddhism. And this is precisely what Hume was talking about: being forgiven and redeemed by God: not by fans and onlookers to the scandal or his wife or whatever (which is good, too, of course, but not what his point was). No one need take my word alone on that, as a partisan Christian.

Read what a Buddhist website says about forgiveness (and a second one). It's ethically fine, but there is no God, who is offering the forgiveness, which is the obvious and key difference. Fr. Joseph S. O'Leary wrote about the great difference between the two systems in this regard, in a Buddhist publication: "Buddhism and Forgiveness."

Therefore, Brit Hume merely noting that there was a difference in kind in the notion of forgiveness between Christianity and Buddhism should be a completely noncontroversial statement of fact, and not perceived as running down Buddhism at all. But of course, secularist or politically / theologically liberal media types are generally as ignorant of Buddhism as they are of Christianity (or, likely, any other religion whatever, in many cases) and so wouldn't understand this crucial consideration. This ignorance was ridiculously on display in the female journalist who kept butting into Pat Buchanan's comments with relentless non sequiturs and nauseating PC-speak.

Christianity Today has an equally informative Q & A with Brit Hume. Excerpts:

    My sense is that if you turn to Christ and seek his forgiveness and mean it, you'll get it. You will be impelled and inspired to live the Christian life. Christianity is a religion for sinners. It doesn't encourage you to sin, it encourages you not to, but it provides a way of forgiveness and redemption. That's what Tiger Woods, like many sinners, needs. That's something we all need. He, in his particularly desperate moment here where he appears to be losing his family, is in special need of it. And I hope he finds it. . . .

    I don't want to practice a faith that I'm afraid to proclaim. I don't want to be a closet Christian. I'm not going to stand on the street with a megaphone. My principal responsibility at Fox News isn't to proselytize. But occasionally a mention of faith seems to me to be appropriate. When those occasions come, I'll do it.


Matheus F. Ticiani said...

Dear Dave

Steve Kellmeyer has written about the issue as well.

Dave Armstrong said...

And it is an excellent post, as all of Steve's stuff always is. Thanks!

Doug Benscoter said...

I was surprised by many of the comments made in the MSNBC video. Then again, I prefer reading the news over watching it on any channel. The male reporter (I think his name is David) asked Pat whether he thought Hume's comment denigrated Christianity. Of course, we're supposed to be Christians all the time, and so there is nothing inappropriate or unbiblical about expressing one's faith in Jesus on a political show. Only if we are supposed to separate our faith from our real lives would it be implied that Hume's comment was inappropriate.

And yes, there are Christians who have had affairs, but pointing that out is a mere ad hominem. After all, we worship Christ, not Christians.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry about Tiger's soul, for the Kingdom of God is within him. This was true of all men well before Christ ever walked the earth. Christianity cannot help Tiger. Only Tiger can help Tiger, and for this he does not have to turn to Christianity. But he does need to acknowledge what he's done and make amends. This was true of all me even before Jesus walked the earth.

Dave Armstrong said...

Tiger needs a power beyond himself to stop sinning and to reform his life. That power comes from the Holy Spirit and was made possible by the death of Jesus Christ: God in the flesh.

Liz said...

Faith should never be an entirely private matter. And if Christians don't speak up in situations like this, it just contributes to the view that faith is just a private matter. Something we tuck away for the week and take out on Sundays. It's good to see Christianity being discussed in this context.