My Open Letter to Lance Armstrong
In the wake of your behavior, last night's confession, and new allegations... I am compelled and feel very strongly obligated to write you this letter. I hope to keep it as short and plain as possible without there being any chance of you not fully understanding it's intent. And I hope to deliver my thoughts in two questions to you... the first being...
How dare... WE?
How dare we stand in judgment of you and your mistakes? How dare we pretend we don't make them daily? How dare we stand here and cast stones upon you as if we are sinless?
How dare we act as if we know you and you have personally let us down, affected our lives, and ruined some media-driven image created in our minds?
How dare we have put you up on a pedestal and idolize you as if you were perfect in every way? How dare we forget only ONE is worthy of being lifted up and that He has already been... on the very cross that wipes out our transgressions?
How dare we splash words of disgust, hatred, self-righteousness and pride towards you in every social media outlet possible?
How dare we have looked to you to fill any void in our own lives?
How dare we toss aside and pretend to bury the reality of our own past mistakes and the damage it caused in our lives and to our loved ones and friends? And how dare we take for granted those mistakes were not made into daily headlines, magazine covers, interview questions, subject lines of tickers, late night talk show entertainment, and public humiliation and shame?
How dare we quickly and casually jump on the nearest hater band wagon instead of praying for you?
How dare we forget the hundreds of thousands of people who were
encouraged by you to fight the disease attacking their lives? How dare we say,
now, it does not matter?
How dare we forget the same grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness that is offered and FREELY given to us daily in Jesus Christ is offered to you? How dare we not pray that the same grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness that is offered to us finds it's way to you? How dare we not pray God brings beauty from these ashes and is glorified through it?
And how dare we buy into the money making... marketing strategy... and branding campaign of "Live Strong" when it was missing the two most important words... "In Him,"?
And lastly I ask you this, "Will you forgive us?"
My prayer and desire is for you to find Him in all this mess, for you to be used to share His truth, and for you to live a life branded only with "Live Strong In Him."
In His love for you... one of the millions of people who have never crossed paths with you and yet knows your name and story...