Archive for January 7th, 2010

OK, so I’m not totally connected to the goings-on in the world, and am a bit extra-cranky this week.  Needless to say, I’m several days behind on the news, but apparently semi-retired Fox political commentator Brit Hume has gotten himself into a pickle:

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In actuality, I thought this was pretty sage advice.  It’s not something I’m used to seeing on TV, which was why (at least to me) that it seemed a bit visually jarring.  I also remembered that Hume had cited Christian study as a reason he was leaving the news business back in 2008:

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.

With that in mind, his advice seems even more natural.  I think it takes guts to talk about basic application of Christianity to your life in the public eye, and in the conversational manner used by Hume.  What has surprised me has been the hair-trigger response by some folks on the right and left at Hume’s commentary.  I’m not sure whether it was his honest assessment of forgiveness and Buddhism or his frank advice about Christianity that was most offensive to the masses.  Maybe the venue wasn’t the correct one, if his only intended audience was Tiger, but I when I relisten to the clip, I think it was purposely meant for the wider audience.

On another front, a friend of mine in the community posted this link to his FB page, which surprised me a little bit (not that he posted it, but that Coulter wrote it).  I’ve not read Coulter in a long time – not because I don’t agree with her politics (I generally do), but because I’m not really interested in hyperbolic political commentary from either end of the spectrum.  Still, I was pleasantly surprised, but I wonder if she, too, won’t be criticized since she’s a political commentator speaking on the subject of religious belief.

The most common complaints I’ve heard have been “wrong venue” (for Hume) and “wrong person” (for Coulter).  Unlike a number of examples I’ve seen of “monster shouting” on street corners, Hume’s comments are downright humble and mild.  Unlike a number of simplistic, milquetoast explanations of Christianity I’ve seen/heard from famous folks (particularly those on the political front), Coulter’s is actually decent, if you can get past the political jibes.

Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.

In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don’t need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don’t need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you’ll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you’re getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that’s disputed.

[...]Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, 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 all the other kids do.

[...]With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don’t deserve it. It’s the best deal in the universe.

It makes me wonder how often I’m in the “wrong venue” to say anything, or the “wrong person” to speak.

It makes me wonder how often I’m in the “wrong venue” to say anything, or the “wrong person” to speak.

And so I do not…

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