Cycling union wants Lance Armstrong to testify before commission
January 15, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
In the wake of reports that Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used doping techniques to win his seven Tour de France titles, the International Cycling Union (known as the UCI) is urging Armstrong to testify before its independent commission on doping to shed light on allegations that include whether the UCI helped cover up his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“If these reports are true, we would strongly urge Lance Armstrong to testify to the Independent Commission established to investigate the allegations made against the UCI in the recent USADA reasoned decision on Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service team,” the federation said in a statement.
The UCI said it would not make any further comment until it has viewed the interview, which will be shown on Thursday and Friday nights.
By Houston Mitchell
Lance Armstrong has vehemently denied, lied, pledged, sworn and promised for years that he had never used PID’s. He “threw under the bus” his closest friends and teammates when they confronted him with allegations of his doping. We now hear of tearful confessions before his supporters and Oprah Winfrey. What does all this mean? Does this represent a man who is in true repentance from his sins? Is this all so-and-tell theatrics in order to gain approval or reputation? Has his guilt and shame caused his “bones to waste away” because he kept silent for so many years? There may be only one person who can answer the questions regarding Armstrong’s confession. But even Lance may not know what is in his own heart.
Psalm 51:16-1716 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. (NKJV)
Psalm 51 is David’s psalm of restoration following his multiple sins in his relationship with Bathsheba. He kept silent and most likely lied about his sins for about 2 years. He was finally confronted by Nathan and David experienced real brokenness before his Pure, Holy and Righteous God. Psalm 51: 16 teaches us that God does not care nor desire our so-and-tell, going through the motions type of confession. These types of public confessions are usually to please man and not God. Verse 17 teaches us that God desires confessions to come from a broken and contrite heart. This only comes when we realize we have offended God and God alone. Many of the men I talk with that struggle with sexual sin want to seek help to please their wives, parents and employers. My advice to those men is to save their time and money because there will be no long term change for them. The men that are broken before God are willing to do whatever it takes to be healed. Brokenness before God produces humility and humility produces a dependency upon God. God dependency and not self reliance produces change and growth. The end product is what we call in Christian circles, a “testimony”. This testimony tells the story of what God has done and not what man has accomplished.
It is interesting to me that this union wants a known liar to testify. What makes him qualified to tell the truth under sworn testimony? Is he qualified to testify because of the amount of snot and tears he has produced? Professional actors can produce tears whenever the director calls for it. Is he qualified if Oprah says he is “really, really sorry and I believe him.”? David’s sins became a real testimony that stands to this day because of how great and amazing His Grace and Mercy are. I don’t know Lance Armstrong’s motivation. I hope he knows that “false testimonies” better known as lies, are part of God’s “thou shalt not’s” list. He has sinned against God, just like we all have, and God alone.