I debated blogging on this, but decided that I would.  I too was disappointed when I heard that Tiger Woods had joined the ranks of other sports figures who have been unfaithful.  AP reports:

In the last week, Woods has faced intense media scrutiny after a car accident outside his home in the middle of the night and sordid allegations of affairs. Finally, on Wednesday, Woods acknowledged he had "not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves."

The statement followed an Us Weekly cover story of a Los Angeles waitress claiming she had a 31-month affair with the world’s No. 1 golfer. Woods’ words were posted three hours after the magazine released a voice mail – provided by the waitress, Jaimee Grubbs – that Woods left on her phone three days before he rammed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and tree outside his Florida home.

"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart," Woods said on his Web site. "I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves."

He did not mention the allegations of an affair, only that he would deal with "my behavior and personal failings" alone with his family.

I want to say a couple of things, first is that Tiger Woods and his wife do deserve privacy.  I hope that they are able to work this out, and reconcile.

The second thing is there but by the grace of God go I.  We are all capable of this.  So I don’t intend to judge him, but pray for him and use this as a reminder to myself.  That I am a man with clay feet.  I, we have the capacity to be like Tiger Woods in this manner.  Everything looking like it’s going well on the surface, but beneath the surface living a double life.

So don’t think you are incapable, when you think you are immune is when your guard is down.  We need to remember to guard our hearts for it is the wellspring of life, (Proverbs 4:23).

9 comments
  1. I love your grace filled commentary. None of us are immune and we must allow God to guard our hearts and minds.

  2. Tiger has been a role model up to now. he messed up… and we should forgive him. I really sincerely believe that.

    …but first I’m going to giggle a little about it.

    get back on the horse Tiger. I still believe in you…. though heh heh…

    truth is we don’t know what was going on in his marriage. let’s not judge him… in fact let’s keep out of his life….

    but first I’m going to giggle again

  3. I’m with you on this one, Shane.

    Actually, I admire marriages that somehow move through and reconcile the heartbreak of adultery. Good people do bad things, all the time. It’s far harder to reclaim the goodness, than it is to give up and get divorced, as awful as that experience is. All of the marriages I know that have been tested this way, that have somehow found a way to forgive and grow forward, are awesome relationships. Make no mistake, it takes years.

    I admired Hillary in the way she dealt with Bill through all that mess. It was clear that their relationship had so many other commonalities and shared histories, it would have been a shame if she had just thrown in the towel ‘just to save face.’

    It seems to me as though in these modern times, so much emphasis and value is placed on ‘self respect’ ‘self esteem’ ‘getting what we DESERVE in life’ etc etc. The preservation and celebration of ‘self’ above all else. This is central to the problem of both the adulterer and the victim.

    In my experience, the mathematicals and physics of Life simply does not work that way. There is pain that cannot be avoided, as much as one might try. There is injustice, life is unfair and. . .well, even good people do bad things. I don’t exactly criticize the Humanists for employing their somewhat effective ‘logical’ or even ‘compassionate’ responses to this age old problem. . .but for me, Christ’s words and actions pretty much provide the answer for most of what has ever challenged me. . .you know, whenever I didn’t get what I DESERVED!!!!

    And you know, whenever This Good Person Did Bad Things.

    Not to say that I have not spent plenty enough time in my life ignoring Him! Whenever I find myself doing this, it reminds me of that travel commercial with the Lawn Troll. . .the one where he is lying on his side on the hotel rug intoning ‘Ignoring You! Ignoring You!’

    Even as much as I love Christ, I often catch myself lying on the rug like the old Lawn Troll, fingers in my ears. . .while Christ is clearly in the room, yet ignoring Him, conspicuously.

    My only comfort? Reading the New Testament stories about how the disciples did this time and time again. . .with Christ physically in their midst!

    It ain’t easy being Human.

    1. @T Mackenzie, Great thoughts, I especially love the Lawn Troll illustration.

      It does bother me that people think that because of an affair that they have to get a divorce. Jesus Himself said God permits that because we are hard-hearted people, not because it is what he desires.

      I hope that Tiger and his wife will turn to Christ (I have heard that he is a Buddhist, I don’t know if that is true), and find hope and healing and will build their marriage on Him.

  4. Shane, I so appreciate, admire, and respect this handling of a difficult and sensitive subject. Thank you.

    “There but the grace of God go I.” — AMEN!

    My prayer for Tiger is that he would continue to be an outstanding role model, not just by shoving this under the rug or keeping quiet but by coming to faith in Jesus, confessing his sin (whatever it is or is not), and for he and his wife’s marriage to be restored to the glory of God. What a public and amazing model that would be of sin, confession, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ!

  5. I just finished reading, “In His steps.” The basic premise is to ask before you make any decision or do anything, “What would Jesus do if He were in my shoes.” It is a year long pledge and journey and is based on a true story of a Pastor and his church that did just that.

    Your response today is what I think would have been the response had I asked the question of What would Jesus do in responding to the Tiger Woods story.

    Thank you.
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Lt. Colonel Allen West: It’s time to FIGHT 4 this COUNTRY! =-.

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