Bits and Pieces

“I believe in Buddhism. Not every aspect, but most of it. So I take bits and pieces.”          Tiger Woods

Brit Hume, who I did not know before this moment and honestly would have suspected was a lady, created a mild firestorm the past few days when he called on Tiger Woods to accept Christianity: “He’s said to be a Buddhist; 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, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.” (Click Here)

The media world pounced on him for suggesting Christianity. The ever sane and rational Keith Olbermann compared Hume to a “jihadist” (a Muslim involved in holy war)—I guess a verbal suggestion is like a terrorist’s act and offering forgiveness and redemption are the same as war… (Click Here)

Media and for that matter society do not like a faith that moves beyond our hearts. A personal faith is great, even expected, but it is ridiculed if it ever moves us to actions. To live out our faith makes us crazy, unstable, frightening. And if we ever move to the point of suggesting others accept our faith—now we must be evil, just one step from setting off the airport’s full body scanners (Theses scanners by the way seem to be placed in the most random of cities, like the ever dangerous Tulsa Airport, a hub for international terrorist—of course its website does not even list any international flights…).

What makes everyone comfortable is the faith of Tiger Woods. He is a Buddhist, but he does not accept every aspect of the religion. Instead he takes, “bits and pieces”, to create a faith in which he can believe (I assume the bits and pieces he took allowed him to also believe he was living in an x-rated video—I join with golfer Parnevik, who introduced Tiger to his wife, when he said, “Elin should use a driver next time.” –  Click Here).

The “bits and pieces” method does not stop with Tiger or with Buddhists. So many Christians are faithful until it requires us to change our actions. Then we pull back. We believe Christ for the truth that Hume offers, forgiveness and redemption. But we reject the call that would have every Christian spread the gospel. After all, look what happened to Hume! No one wants to be called a jihadist! And then we justify, because Hume’s actions are really working against our faith… so with bits and pieces the cross of Christ becomes symbolic art on church walls and our fabled reality can continue…

Christians dream of importance and acceptance. Yet we should remember, while the rich and powerful enjoyed the feast, life-change occurred outside the city walls. In darkness and mockery, watched by only a few crying women, hung our savior. Bearing the cross to which we are all called. (final thought building on Henri Nouwen’s Wounded Healer)

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