Tiger Woods!

 

Tiger after Accident

I have been following the recent journey of Tiger Woods in the media. It’s difficult to believe everything you hear and see in the media but unfortunately it appears that Tiger’s integrity and reputation has been tarnished by a long string of illicit and unhealthy relationships.

Tiger Woods is someone that a lot of people look up to because of his talent as a golf player but unfortunately his behaviour off the golf course is now catching up with him and having an impact upon his family and society at large. I can only imagine the temptations and challenges that would present themselves to someone with Tiger’s wealth and profile, however it’s important that we don’t justify our actions in light of the daily pressures that come against us, however great they may be.

Paul Scanlon once said, “Never let your gift take you where your character can’t keep you.” This is an important biblical idea. Proverbs tells us that, “A mans gift will make room for him.” Each of us have talents and abilities that open doors for us and bring us before others. We have a responsibility to make sure that our character can handle the opportunities our gift opens for us otherwise we actually forfeit our right to use the gift. 

Unfortunately we live within a society that rewards gift and not character. We will pay someone millions (if not billions, in Tiger’s case) to hit a small little golf ball or kick a pigskin around a paddock or shoot a ball through a hoop with a net attached to it and yet we will turn a blind eye to how these same stars behave off the court away from the cameras. Our society values image over integrity and gift over character. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people serving the poor, teaching children, pastoring churches, righting the wrongs of injustice and adding incredible value to people’s lives who don’t get paid hardly anything and yet I would contend are adding far more value to society than many of our so called celebrities. I am not knocking celebrities because people with profile and position can do a lot of good to benefit others and I think it’s good to have heroes to look up to…for the right reasons.

I’m disappointed for Tiger and his wife and kids that they now have to work through the pain and brokenness of sin but I am also disappointed for our society because once again we have been given another example of broken integrity which others look at and use to justify their own behaviour, while others look at and get discouraged by the failure of their hero to be decent in their personal life.

Who am I or any of us to cast the first stone? As Paul writes in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” However the consequences of sexual sin is far greater than most of us realise. 1 Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (read it) is quite clear of the damage and consequences of sexual sin. It has catastrophic ramifications for all parties involved.

In the midst of the pain and tragedy of this situation we need to learn what we can from observing these events and pray that God would deliver us from such a situation in our own personal lives, as well as pray for Tiger and his family, that out of the ashes God’s love, grace and transformation would be seen. I’m praying that God will dramatically turn this around for His glory and honour even if it means society at large is skeptical of the outcome.

Lead the Change!

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