Oscar Pistorius is a professing Evangelical Christian, who grew up in a Christian home.
He’s been an inspiration to the world, a media and sponsors darling and adored by millions for his charm and good looks. People say he’s a nice guy. On TV he seems like a nice guy. Reeva Steenkamp summed up her murderer with these words: “He's beautiful to look at & says some smart stuff too.”
No doubt, and no doubt that’s all that’s important. Good looks and saying smart stuff is what matters. He even has some smart stuff tattooed on his own body. On his left shoulder, is this verse from Corinthians 9:26-27:
"I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. I execute each strike with intent. I beat my body and make it my slave..."
I execute each strike with intent. No doubt about that either.
According to the Guardian of London: Pistorius posted a photograph of himself at a shooting range in November 2011 on Twitter, boasting about his score: "Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!" Those sort of boasts sound like a less than ordinary, arrogant male, not a modest, sensitive person or even half smart person. The same guy claimed to sleep with baseball bats behind the door, an automatic weapon at the window, and a pistol by his bedside, with the idea that they were there if he needed a weapon. Really, is that the sort of smart stuff Steenkamp was talking about?
According to the Guardian of London: Pistorius enjoyed target shooting with his pistol and an online Nike advertisement featuring the sprinter read: "I am a bullet in the chamber." The advert was removed from his website on Thursday.
An article in January last year in the New York Times magazine described him talking about how he pulled a pistol to search his home when his alarm went off the night before an interview. In a message posted on Twitter on 27 November last year, Pistorius wrote: "Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry!"
At Pistorius's suggestion, he and a journalist went to a nearby target range where they fired at targets with a 9mm pistol. At one point Pistorius told the writer: "If you practised, I think you could be pretty deadly."
Asked how often he went target shooting, Pistorius replied: "Just sometimes when I can't sleep."
Why can’t he sleep?
“I am blessed”
Pistorius has said in the past: 'I am really blessed.' If blessed means “a man with a playboy lifestyle, an intense interest in guns and a taste for living dangerously” as the Guardian describes him, that’s an interesting and unusual interpretation of the word blessed. But I supposed blessed can also mean ‘set apart’, and Pistorius certainly lived, set apart from the plebs, in a mansion in an exclusive golfing estate.
Pistorius seems to be a modest fellow, who humbly gives credit to God for his success, and also talks about the purity of sport and not wanting an unfair advantage.
How modest are you if you buy a R3.5 million vehicle for yourself, arguably the most expensive vehicle in the country?
From Christianity.co.uk: Oscar is clear about whom and what is central in his life. “God is the most important person in the world to me.” He told an interviewer. “If I’m on the right patch spiritually, it helps with everything else.”
Christian to the core
From Christianity.co.uk: Raised in a Christian home, Oscar recalls how he accepted Christ as his saviour more or less before he could remember, and now seeks to show God’s love in the tough environment of international athletics.
The athlete lives by daily his motto: “You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have”.>>>By killing another person, Pistorius not only deprives her of an able-bodied life, but an ENTIRE life. Doesn’t say much for that motto, does it?
Impressions count (including false impressions)
"Oscar makes a great first impression. He comes over as friendly and engaging.” Vs: Pistorius has a serious boating accident, but his blood is not tested for alcohol, though beer bottles are found in the accident debris. Pistorius explains the accident as ‘he hit a floating object’. Despite this explanation police open a case of reckless and negligent driving.
"His parties are loved by everyone, even the old couples at the estate look forward to going to them." Vs: [Guardian.co.uk] Police said the couple were the only people in the house at the time and there was no sign of forced entry. They added that neighbours heard "screaming and shouting" around the time of the shooting, and that officer had been called to investigate incidents of a "domestic nature" at the house in the past. The explanation give, seems a similar whitewash (an easy lie in other words) to the boating claim – thought she was a burglar. Makes sense, if you try (or fail) to think about it.
"Oscar is the most decent man you will ever meet in your life. He treats everyone with so much respect and I have never received a complaint about him since his been living here.” Vs: [From IOL.com:] The athlete also stopped Beeld newspaper from taking pictures of him on the N4 highway in Pretoria in March this year, when a friend of his was involved in an accident.
A woman died at the scene of the accident after walking in front of Anneke Kruger's approaching car.
Kruger works for In/sight, the company which manages Pistorius's business interests.
A bystander who asked Pistorius why the photographer couldn't take pictures was told: "Oom, I'm Oscar Pistorius."
In other words, there seems to be a pattern of lying. Lying becomes dishonesty. Dishonesty becomes arrogance. Arrogance coupled with aggression, and possibly substance abuse becomes something diabolical. Where is the Christianity in all of this?
Here is the Christian mindset again
Dailymail.co.uk: Pistorius: I wouldn't want to run if I was cheating. I believe in the purity of sport Vs: Dr Ross Tucker, a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town's exercise science and sports medicine department.
'Is that what we want? I think Pistorius does get an enormous advantage. ‘Peter Weyand, one of the scientists who did the testing to clear him, recently published a paper saying he has a 12-second advantage.
'He should not have committed a number - that was a mistake - but the way he did it is sound, and when you look at the data, it's quite clear that Pistorius's mechanics are off the biological charts. So, too, are his metabolic markers.
'The Court of Arbitration decision that cleared him was a complete farce, scientifically, as was the testing that got him off.
'Pistorius "stole" science to win that verdict. To hear Pistorius speak now, he's saying that "the science cleared me". It was the legal team and some, quite frankly, dishonest science that cleared him.'
I mention Tucker's name to Pistorius.
'I don't want to speak about him,' he says, exasperated.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2027614/London-Olympics-2012-Oscar-Pistorius-I-wouldnt-want-run-I-cheating-I-believe-purity-sport.html#ixzz2KuWTUJeP
It must be frustrating, and what’s that word, exasperating, to base your whole life, your fame and fortunes, on a lie. A lie one has to defend, and stay awake at night trying to resolve. Is it a lie? Well the true test would be this: If Pistorius was born with two healthy legs, would he have been good enough as an able-bodied athlete to qualify for the Olympics? Would he have been an exceptional athlete under normal circumstances, and more than exceptional, a national champion? Does he come from a family of excellent athletes? Is his sister a talented or successful athlete? Was his mother, or father?
The other question is far more obvious. If athletes such as Lance Armstrong (an able-bodied athlete) may not compete with the advantage that comes from doping) against other able-bodied athletes, why should Pistorius even be countenanced at such events, when clearly his advantages are entirely artificial? The answer is one simple word: money.
Of course if Pistorius wona gold medal against able-bodied athletes the pawpaw would really hit the fan. For starters, every other double amputee would also insist on the right to compete against able-bodied athletes, and running would clearly be an even less level playing field than it is.
Why then are people so blind to the obvious?
Because they like something that feels good. That uplifts them. That inspires them. Where the underdog gets a chance, gets to strut his stuff and be the hero (even if he is paid R17 million to do so).
The Christian Blindfold
So the time has come to ask the question boldly, and simply. Is Christianity a Narcissism License? Where one professes to be humble, professes to be ‘nice’, professes to give God the glory, but of course, one does not avoid an opportunity to glorify oneself, and pretend to be ‘fair’ and get rich doing so. What, after all is humble or modest about driving a R3.5 million McLaren, perhaps one of the most expensive vehicles in South Africa?
'I'm training s*** hard. And if my shoes are so great, why are other Paralympians not running the times I am?' Except, some are, such as the Brazilian athlete Alan Oliveira who shocked the world when he beat Pistorius in the final of T43/44 200 metres. This elicited a furious outburst from him.
What’s fair about the T43 and T44 athletes competing against each other? What this means is an athlete with one real leg competing against another who is a double amputee. Here’s the joke. If having no legs is such a disability, and the ‘blades’ give no unfair advantage, why is it that the double amputees run faster than the single amputees?
What is modest or humble about accusing a runner who beats you of having an unfair advantage, whilst going o court to appeal a similar assertion made against him, not by fellow athletes, but by scientists who detected.
What is humble about having your lawyer draft a letter to muzzle someone from telling the world who you really are?
His late mother, Sheila, a devout Christian wrote him the following letter:
'The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The real loser is the person who sits on the side. The person who does not even try to compete.'
No, the real loser is the fraud who pretends to be what he is not, and worse, deprives others of being who they are. On the race track, and in life. The real fraud borrows authority from a fraudulent religion and claims that fraud to be ‘good’. All fraud does is debase people’s lives. If you made a conscious decision to debase (which means demean, humiliate, disgrace, dishonour, lower) another person’s life, you could do worse than shooting them 4 times, or cheating them, and then claiming – falsely – that you mistook them for a burglar. Is it fair to demand your place in the sun only to shove someone else into the dirt, and they will never see the sun or the sky again?
Like Lance Armstrong’s defining narrative, Pistorius’ is too good to be true because it is too good to be true. But most people like to believe things that are too good to be true, don’t they? We’re just…wired that way. We can’t help it. But at what cost? This is the price of Christianity. When we lack discernmentwe don’t know it, we think it doesn’t matter as long as we have good looks and the occasional smart thing to say. As long as we are surfing the money wave and the swell of public adoration. Well, I’m afraid a lack of perspicacity can be tragic; it can cost one dearly. All of us are culpable in this, and all of us could do with a big ol’ wake up.