Brit Hume Invites Tiger Woods to Meet Jesus Christ

By now most people know Fox News’s Brit Hume recommended Tiger Woods consider what Jesus Christ has to offer him in his difficult situation.

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 for him. I think he’s lost his family, it’s not clear to me if he’ll be able to have a relationship with his children, 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 needs the kind of forgiveness and redemption that only faith in God offers. So my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to God and He will show you the way. You can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.

When I saw the replay of Hume’s comments, I was deeply moved by his sincerity and his courage.  I wish more public figures would express their Christian faith with that kind of straight-forward simplicity and humility.

I didn’t realize Hume, an Episcopalian, had reaffirmed his faith after his son’s suicide in 1998.  He knows how it feels to live through the “dark night of the soul.”  (What could be more horrific than losing a child to suicide?)

Those who so quickly criticized Hume should be ashamed of themselves. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, comments here on their “vitriol” and bias against Christianity.  How many times have we heard celebrities, for example, at the Academy Awards, recommend everything from Buddha to Obama and Global Warming, with not a critical peep elicited in the press?

Those of us who care about Tiger Woods, and I count myself among them, have hoped and prayed he will find some kind of redemption for himself and his family.  A Catholic should know there is no sin beyond forgiveness, except the rejection of Christ himself.

All Brit Hume did was express this wish publicly, with the obvious hope that Tiger would hear it.

The next time I feel an impulse to speak of my Episcopalian brethren as less ardent than myself, I will bite my tongue, hard.

 

Deal W. Hudson

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Deal W. Hudson is president of Catholic Advocate, an organization which engages and encourages faithful Catholics to actively participate in the political process to support elected officials and policies that remain consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Formerly publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine for ten years, his articles and comments have been published widely in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. He has also appeared on TV and radio news shows such as the O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, NBC News, and All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Hudson worked with Karl Rove in coordinating then-Gov. George W. Bush's outreach to Catholic voters in 2000 and 2004. In October 2003, President Bush appointed him a member of the official delegation from the United States to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of John Paul II's papacy. Hudson, a former professor of philosophy for 15 years, is the editor and author of eight books. He tells the story of his conversion from Southern Baptist to Catholic in An American Conversion (Crossroad, 2003), and his latest, Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, was published in March 2008. He is married to Theresa Carver Hudson, also a Baptist convert, and they have two children, Hannah, 21, and Cyprian, 13, who was adopted from Romania in 2001.

  • Maria

    I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it’s always inspiring to hear someone publicly and courageously witness to the power of Christ. On the other hand, it’s not the place of a news anchor/news leader to offer such advice. As I recall, Hume was in a commentator role here, so it was okay, but he’s not just a pundit on Fox…he’s supposed to be a neutral news man.

    What would we think if he had said that Tiger needs to convert to Islam and declare his faith in Allah and his prophet, Mohammed? Christians would not be pleased. We can’t extol Hume’s comments simply because we agree with them.

    Additionally, it just adds to the impression that right-wing, neo-conservative views go hand in hand with Christianity — since that’s what most think of Fox.

    I don’t want news anchors and reporters sharing their opinions, doling out advice, evangelizing others to their faith… I want them to be as objective as possible in reporting important news. Fox continues to fail at this, as do so many other news venues today.

  • MargaretMN

    Actually, Hume retired from the news anchor role last year, mostly, I think, so that he could be free to make unfiltered comments like this. He spent decades with a straight face listening to politicians spout off all kinds of patent falsehoods and reality challenged statements. He’s earned the right to give his opinion, even if some people don’t like it. We’ve had journalists laid off from the local paper go straight into Democrat Party politics or more commonly,leftwing “progressive” think tanks and nobody has blinked an eye. I am sure this is happening everywhere. Why the special hate for Brit? Obvious.

  • Thomas V.

    He’s earned the right to give his opinion, even if some people don’t like it. We’ve had journalists laid off from the local paper go straight into Democrat Party politics or more commonly,leftwing “progressive” think tanks and nobody has blinked an eye. I am sure this is happening everywhere. Why the special hate for Brit? Obvious.

    Thank you for putting the record straight that Hume doesn’t work as a news anchor anymore. Not sure how he has “earned the tight to give his opinion” any more than anyone else, but I do think it’s bad argumentation to use the “other people do it or do worse” approach. As a general principle, we should all be advocating for more fair and balanced news… and now of the Fox, MSNBC, or CNN variety. And if calling people to Christ on cable news is okay, it should also be fine to call people to Islam and other faiths.

  • Mother of Two Sons

    Sometimes I wonder if there is even enough Christ in our Catholics let alone anywhere else…. We have been so oppressed and silenced, so separated and compartmentalized from God that we cannot even recognize the abuse anymore! It is a fact that the Buddhist religion does not stress the idea of forgiveness.. that was his point… but I guess when religious ideologies are not important enough to understand anymore the ignorant in the audience plays the “Religious Discrimination” card… Is it not central to our Faith that Jesus the Christ died on the cross to save all men? And is it not our central assignment to tell this fact to others? In our country where so many were appalled when Obama on the International stage stated that our nation is not a Christian nation can then turn around and be offended by a fellow Christian offering his words of hope to Tiger that he find his way to the forgiving Heart of Jesus Christ! It is shameful that it is a rarity to hear a Christian identify him/herself from their public place of living and working…. separation of Church and State, The LIE of the century has truly taken hold and diminished His Presence in His people. I live my Faith Out Loud, and sinner though I am, find that most have come to expect some kind of “God Perspective” to be brought to the conversation… I do recall a time that I was reproved by a former Mayor for speaking of my Faith and for directly challenging the group of Rotarian’s to join me, with our Christian/Public service to do the right thing for the YOUTH! I was living in the Bible belt, after all…. I told her that I was just trying to bring the Sunday Call to Worship to the Monday Call to Action!
    I had forgotten about Brit Hume’s tragic loss of his son;what a deep sadness he must bear for him! I certainly hope that he isn’t harmed in anyway for this; rather given an opportunity to further explain his hope and prayer for Tiger.

  • Kamilla

    I’ve been a fan of Hume’s since the Clinton administration, when he was with ABC.

    What I find so funny is the commentary about this – particularly the claim of an “awkward silence” after his comments. I’ve seen the clip and I didn’t notice any silence. It seems to me that Kristol jumped right in with his comments.

    Thomas V. – people are called to other faiths all the time on the tube. It’s only when someone makes a clear statement of Christian faith and the power of redemption in Jesus Christ that such things are deemed “newsworthy”.

    Kamilla

  • Sarah L

    God bless Brit Hume for not being ashamed of his faith and for fearlessly sharing it with others. I’m sure he never expected adulation or even tolerance from the liberals or from any who think that faith is only a private thing–not to be expressed in public–ever–especially if one is inclined to say anything good about Christ. I don’t think he’ll lose sleep over the persecution he probably expected. Can’t have Christ without the Cross. I’d like to see more Christians who have the public’s eyes and ears do the same. God bless him and his family.

  • Thomas V.

    Thomas V. – people are called to other faiths all the time on the tube. It’s only when someone makes a clear statement of Christian faith and the power of redemption in Jesus Christ that such things are deemed “newsworthy”.

    I’ve never seen anyone called to another faith on a news or commentary program. Can you give me some examples? I agree there can be a Christian bias in the media a lot of times, but I’d put money down on the fact that if Brit Hume had called Tiger Woods to check out Islam to repair his life, Hume would have gotten lambasted for that, too — only Christians would have joined in.

    I respect and like, Brit Hume, by he way and I like to see Christ proclaimed publicly. However, I hate double standards, and I don’t like all these stations that pretend to be news.

  • Deacon Ed

    that it was Christ’s mandate for us to proclaim the Gospel. For the laity, they are called to proclaim the Gospel in their workaday lives. If Brit Hume – or any Chrisitan newscaster for that matter – proclaims the Gospel in the course of his professional life, then he is simply doing what every Christian is called to do.

    Rather than our looking askance at Brit’s comment, let’s take this as an opportunity for everyone to reflect on whether in our workaday lives we are also courageously proclaiming the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. (If you deny me, I will deny you before my Father)

  • Martin

    that it was Christ’s mandate for us to proclaim the Gospel. For the laity, they are called to proclaim the Gospel in their workaday lives. If Brit Hume – or any Chrisitan newscaster for that matter – proclaims the Gospel in the course of his professional life, then he is simply doing what every Christian is called to do.

    Rather than our looking askance at Brit’s comment, let’s take this as an opportunity for everyone to reflect on whether in our workaday lives we are also courageously proclaiming the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. (If you deny me, I will deny you before my Father)

    Let me get this straight: Proclaiming the Gospel means a lay person must overtly proselytize in their jobs? And if they don’t they are denying Christ?

    I disagree with the assumptions made here about what it means to be a Christian witness.

  • 21st Century Crusader

    I spent close to ten years as a Buddhist and I can assure you that Mr.Woods is not representative of that religion at all. Adultery is not looked kindly upon in traditional Buddhism. That being said, I left Buddhism because it is a soul deadening nihilistic religion where true happiness is equated with extinction and “an end to everything” as the popular monk Ajahn Brahm calls it. I found no peace in Buddhism and found the truth in the Catholic Church. Let us hope that Mr. Woods will do the same. Thank God for Brit Hume and his courage. Us Christians have allowed the atheist humanist crowd to intimidate us into silence for too long. Tiger needs redemption and he isn’t going to find it in the false man made nihilism and godlessness of Buddhism.

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