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Lance Armstrong's Slide into Self-Deception

In 2001, Lance Armstrong made an anti-doping commercial for Nike in which he strongly disavowed using illegal drugs. In the commercial, Armstrong boldly states, "This is my body, and I can do whatever I want to it. I can push it. Study it. Tweak it. Listen to it. Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike busting my [butt] six ...

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R. Wayne Hamilton

November 12, 2012  7:09pm

It's simple - he was cheating (illegal use of drugs) and public lying about it repeatedly while making millions. The Bible is full of real life illustations that God used to warn us of the consequences for sin. Are there real life illustrations today that have real names? Learning from someone's mistakes and judging his character are two different things. Do I hurt for him? You bet. Can we learn from others mistakes? We'd better. All you preachers who are scared to stand for the truth (and yes, it should be done with love and grace) have been drawn into our politically correct society that is afraid to have convictions and take a stand. Where in heaven's name are the Adrian Rogers of our day?

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Matthew Woodley

November 12, 2012  5:42pm

@Paul Springer--Excellent point, Paul. We also posted this article in our News That Illustrates column-- http://bit.ly/ZxKkml. Notice the article's title: "Living Like Lance: Everybody Dopes." The article argues that the sins of Lance Armstrong are more common than we imagine.

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Paul Springer

November 12, 2012  2:07pm

"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." Yes, Armstrong has shot his integrity into the wind with most people. However, what medications do we use to wake up and/or go to sleep due the stress of ministry, and expectation of your congregation, and the expectations we put on ourselves? How much coffee do we drink in 24 hours? How many hours do we spend jogging, running or at the gym? How much time do we spend with pornography to "dope" ourselves? To me it all the same. Lance was using performance enhancing drugs for two reasons.: 1) he felt real/andor unreal pressuer to perform for the public; 2) he had real/ and unreal expectations in his own mind and body. We are all very much like him. What real/unreal expectations do we put on ourselves. I think I know a lttle about this topic after 40 years in ministry. A lot of us use "perform enhancing doping" to get thru life as attempt to get by and perform our duties in ministry.

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Jeff Tomlian

November 12, 2012  1:22pm

Mike, Lance had many opportunities to defend himself. As hard as it is, we need to call it what it is. SIN and then repent of it. The world in which we live is losing its heroes. One by one they seem to be falling. This is a great illustration to hlep us understand that when we put our faith in humanity we will be dissapointed. However, there should be accountability and consequences.

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Matthew Woodley

November 12, 2012  10:39am

I hope preachers don't use this illustration to bash Lance Armstrong. First, we should look in our OWN hearts because we're all susceptible to (and probably guilt of) self-deception. Secondly, it's a warning for all believers to walk in integrity, asking God to search our hearts for self-deception. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this illustration? Managing Editor, PreachingToday.com

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