A Lesson of Sorts for Lance Armstrong
I am sure that many of you watched at least a part of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong last night. I must admit I was thinking we would be strung along in the interview until we got near the end before we heard Lance’s confession. But that’s not how it was. In the first few minutes of the interview, Lance admitted to the things he had adamantly denied for years: blood doping, testosterone, EPO, and other performance-enhancing drugs.
So there you go. After all those years of passionately lying against the truth and the reports of serious threats or attacks made against other athletes who moved to expose him, Lance admitted that he was the ruthless competitor he was being portrayed as.
As you know, the once highly-celebrated cycling champ has already been disgraced, having been stripped of all seven Tour titles. So why then would he confess to such terrible lying and betrayal? He has to know that there are legal battles likely to follow. I do not believe that the ultimate cost of his confession is yet known. Why not continue living a lie and cut his losses? In fact, when Oprah asked him why now, he said he didn’t have a good answer.
But I believe that Lance is coming around to learning an important lesson. It is that, as the Bible says, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Perhaps you say, “But wait a minute; your take is premature. The jury is still out has to whether he will come totally clean.” True, that’s why I have entitled this article as “a lesson of sorts.”
Over the years, the truth had been seriously mounting against Lance Armstrong. He vigorously fought against this overwhelming burden, even going on the attack against those who said they had witnessed him partaking of banned drugs. But there is a limit to how long the human soul can live a big lie, and Lance—by his own confession—had been definitely living a big lie. “I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot,” he said to Oprah.