"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
In an apparent faux pas against political correctness, the newsman Brit Hume spoke truth on the January 3rd edition of FOX News Sunday. It was during a panel discussion regarding predictions for 2010. When the subject of the serial infidelity of Tiger Woods came up, Mr. Hume said:
“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person, I think, is a very open question. And it's a tragic situation. . . . But the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal, the extent to which he can recover, seems to me to depend on his faith. 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.'”
Not surprisingly the critics immediately took their shots because human-centric wisdom continually asks: What Was Jesus Thinking?
It should be noted that Hume was not speaking philosophically or from an academic point of view. There was great sincerity in his words; what is in the well of his heart came up in the bucket of his life.
Brit Hume has some experience with personal crisis and understands the necessity of the forgiveness and redemption that is only offered by faith in Jesus Christ. In February 1998 his son Sandy Hume, a reporter for The Hill and a rising star in journalism circles, committed suicide.
That tragedy affected Brit Hume to his core. At the end of 2008, when he signed off as anchor of Special Report, he spoke of the impact of his son's death:
“I 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, 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.”
It is clear that Brit Hume comprehends that Jesus Christ is the answer to the question of life and death. On The O’Reilly Factor on January 4th, Hume elaborated on his Sunday morning comments.