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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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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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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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