The past two weeks the news media has been inundated by information about the life and times of golf superman Tiger Woods and the overwhelming reports of his infidelity. It has made its way into every form of media. You would have thought the Pope himself got caught with a little boy in the mens room.
Reality check people: Although Tiger Woods looks immortal on the golf course, he is a human being like you and me. He puts his pants on one leg at a time (although they probably cost more than ours), he shaves his face like us (I am sure not with the razor he advertises), and does all of the day-to-day things we do. Heck, he even uses the toilet! *****News Flash: TIGER WOODS USES THE TOILET!
8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
Have you ever stopped to think about what it would be like if you had unlimited wealth, power, public recognition and acceptance? How different would your life be? Would you be able to deal with the constant requests for appearances, donations, investments, sponsorships, endorsements, interviews, photographs, autographs, and yes……sex?
I dare say that many of us guys would not hold up under the constant temptations of beautiful women offering themselves to us. (It’s certainly not ever been anything I have ever had to deal with). But for high-profile professional athletes it is a regular occurrence. Yes, we are all responsible for our own actions. But imagine having whatever your biggest temptation is multiplied by 10,000. Even the ladies could relate to that: chocolate x 10,000!
Am I condoning this behavior? Absolutely not. I hate to use a worn out movie quote, but by now we all know the quote from Spiderman; “With great power comes great responsibility”. We are responsible for our actions in spite of the temptations.
We doom our moral selves to failure when we rely on our human strength to fight of the temptations of sin. Tiger Woods may seem immortal on the golf course (sometimes), but there is nowhere on the face of this earth he is truly immortal, and removed from what any one of us could be facing each day. For Tiger Woods forgiveness begins with God.
When Jesus saw the crowds gathering to stone an adulteress he stopped them and said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone“. I promise you that none of the media reporting this story, or even those around you talking about it are without sin. We all fall short of the grace of God. It is through the gift of his son Jesus whom he sent here to die for all the sins of our humanity we are saved and forgiven.
Pray for Tiger and Elin Woods along with their family. But also pray for everyone on the face of this earth that struggles with the temptations of sin that they might seek him in all things. This would be my Christmas wish for all this season.
In life we seem to dwell on the big things in our lives. We like our big houses, big TV’s, big paychecks, big burgers, big trucks, big boats, and big group of friends. We don’t like our big mortgages, big electric bills, big tax bills, big fuel bills, big insurance bills, or the baggage that comes along with having a big bunch of friends.
Our nation is one of Extremes. We freak out over 30 people getting a new strain of flu and call it a “Pandemic”. When the banking industry realized they had screwed up the mortgage situation in this country the news media was all “Doom and Gloom”. What they didn’t tell you was 35 counties accounted for over 50% of the foreclosures in the country and only 5 states made up over 95% of all the foreclosures. The guys in Idaho thought their economy was a bad as the people in California. Big-Extreme!
We as a country need to focus on the things we do right. Let’s stop letting the media dictate our fears and worries. Let’s focus on what’s right about America, not about what’s wrong with America. That would be a small victory.