… and they were right.

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People are really excited that Lance Armstrong is coming clean about the fact that he cheated and charmed his way through most of his successful professional cycling career.

In fact, I expect that the broadcast of his interview with Oprah Winfrey will pull in really strong ratings.

I’m not going to watch it .

I’m not looking forward to Lance Armstrong’s admission that he cheated and lied about using performance enhancing drugs during his reign at the top of professional cycling. This isn’t because I’m on record for criticizing him and that this move could make him “look better.”

This is because I think that an admission without a clear vindications of his accusers only makes him look worse.

For me, it’s not so much that he cheated, lied, and is now deciding to come clean about something that anyone who has been paying attention has understood for years, it’s that he spent years threatening, intimidating, and slandering the people who were rightly accusing him of cheating and lying.

He isn’t going to tell Oprah something we didn’t already know, he’s only going to be confirming that he was willing to crush anybody who wouldn’t get out of his way.

By going on television to “tell his side of the story” and admit to making “mistakes” Armstrong will only be posturing himself to receive sympathy and gain admiration for being a person who is only guilty of doing “every thing everybody else was doing too.”

That would be the equivalent of saying, “Guys, in trying to “live strong”, I just lived too strong.”

What frustrates me about all of this is that there’s no humility involved in announcing something that we all already know.

Every mistake Armstrong has made was driven by egotism. Refusing to be humbled is also the result of egotism. Continued egotism isn’t the solution to this problem.

We only truly receive sympathy when we allow our transgressions to humble us.

Unfortunately this kind of humility is hard to come by.

Each of us fears looking bad. Each of us wants to protect ourselves from embarrassment. In doing so we demand the sympathy of others while refusing to offer sympathy or empathy to anyone else.

Expressing an understanding of how our false steps have impacted others is a good first step in the direction of the kind of humility that allows for reconciliation and restoration.

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Lance Armstrong is going to go on television and say, “I was wrong“, but he needs to be going on TV to say “…and my ‘enemies’ were all right.”

4 Responses to “… and they were right.”

  1. Kimberly Kyllo January 16, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Wow…love this. Humility is SO hard but SO powerful! For those who are being pursued by the Lord….the fall can only be worse next time and sweeter the relief. It’s still a story unfolding….who knows? Maybe being a world champion bike rider…was never the point~

    • Jon January 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      So true. Humility is where God seems to find us and redeem us.

  2. Keith Dart January 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Totally agree bro….in addition, he should have to repay every dollar of endorsement $$. Actually….if he really were sorry (remorseful, humbled, etc) he would voluntarily pay restitution. Hope statue of limitations is thrown out and he’s force to do so!

    • Jon January 18, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      THink of all the Libel lawsuit money he won… wow.

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