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  • Writer's pictureChuck Monan

The Price of Integrity: Lance Armstrong's Tale of Triumph and Tribulation


Pinnacle Church of Christ and Lance Armstrong

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.

― 2 Cor. 7:10,11


Even with the benefit of hindsight it is hard to believe how Lance Armstrong took cycling from a sport cared about only by Greg LeMond’s relatives to something noticed by tens of millions of Americans. A sport that is huge in Europe was made relevant in the U.S. only because of Armstrong coming back from the brink of death at the hands of cancer to win the Tour de France seven times.

During these years of dominance, Armstrong was accused of doping. First there were whispers… then accusations… and finally denunciations of Armstrong as a cheater. He vehemently denied it.


Until he admitted it.


In a recent interview with the BBC, Armstrong admitted if he had to do it all over again, he would probably cheat again:


Dan Roan: When it comes to the doping, would you do it again?

Lance Armstrong: You know, if I was racing in 2015, no I wouldn’t do it again, because I don’t think you have to do it again. If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I’d probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that.


Dan Roan: But that’s the honest answer?


Lance Armstrong: Yeah, that’s the honest answer.


A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Prov. 22:1). Our honesty and integrity should not depend on what others do; it must be grounded in our relationship to the God of all truth (Ps. 31:5). Tell the truth. At all times.


 

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