Lance Armstrong came clean about his doping. Armstrong's years of denial regarding the use of steroids in his bike racing career was one headline that the sports talking heads made a big fuss about.
Then, there was the defensive star for the Notre Dame college football team, Te'o and his bizarre situation. He either made up a girlfriend online who died of cancer and got our sympathy just as he was a candidate for the Heissman Trophy or he is a pretty naive individual.
These two stories were talked about and talked about on the sports news programs.
The last of the three headlines I want to mention is the fact that baseball legend Stan Musial died. He was 92 years old. A st. Louis Cardinal hall of famer who was underrated as a player and a top notch gentleman without one stain on his good name, on or off the field. This last headline got little mention. For me, it is worth asking the question, "Why?" It seems that scandal and stories of loss and being a superhero is what we desire. When Te'o played an important football game this fall on the day of his grandmother's funeral, we all marveled at his being such a star!
It could be said that it is easier to run with a story and chase after the first sound bite then to do the boring work of checking sources of a story. This has been mentioned as a criticism on the journalism in our current times.
On a deeper level, I want to check our own human nature at wanting such stories to be true despite any evidence to the contrary. How many of us wanted Lance Armstrong to be our clean hero on the world stage without questioning deeper the possibility that so many around had proof saying otherwise?
As Christians, we have the best news to share. We have a Good News that is so uplifting and hopeful that we should not need to be so thirsty to believe in a hero like Te'o and yet we do desire stories like his to be true. Why is that? Isn't the Good News of John 3:16-17 enough?
"For God so loved the world that he have his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (NRSV)
I believe it's worth asking why this Good News is not enough. Why is there so much apathy about this wonderful news.