Did Lance Armstrong Get it Wrong?

Catchy phrases. We love them. We post them. We tweet them. We adopt them as mantras for life. But are they true?

At least one person quit following me on Twitter when I asked them if his tweet was biblically correct. Now I know that’s not the best way to gain friends and influence people. But this particular person presented themselves as someone who cared about truth and nothing but the truth. And they tweeted something that was in opposition to it. That bugged me.

Quotes can be motivational, and they mustn’t all have a chapter and verse behind them. But we should always analyze them in light of Scripture. As long as they don’t contradict, then I say tweet away!

But oftentimes it depends on the context. Consider this one. Millions associate Lance Armstrong with the yellow wristband “Live Strong”. What could possibly be wrong with that? Nothing, except the Christian must remember in whose strength we are to live.

When I pulled out of the driveway the other day, I noticed that my daughter had added a bumper sticker to the back of her car. When I read it, I caught my breath.  Everyone knows the saying is “Live Strong,” but she had posted just the opposite! What in the world was she thinking?

Well, she was thinking biblically thanks to the minister at a camp where she served as a counselor this summer. Thanks to “Runks”, his mantra was now on her bumper: “Live Weak.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Love it.

Question: How many of you want to trade in your bracelets?

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  1. dthurman said:

    The neat thing about your daughter is that it’s more than a bumper sticker–she lives it and that gives power to her testimony!

    August 27, 2010

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