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This saga does not particularly interest me in the way the media is craving to learn more about his infidelity. To them, it’s entertainment and clickbait. I get that. It’s their job. For the Christian, the story is sad. You’re sad. I’m sad.
I’m sad, especially for his wife and kids. I’m sad for his fans, who hold him up as their role model and hero. No matter how you look at this story, it is a sad one.
It has also been sad to read some of the Christian chatter that has come across my social media feeds. Honestly, I was surprised. A man in sin is not something that needs our mocking or condescension. Tiger is in a trap (Galatians 6:1-2), and when I think of what has happened to Tiger, I also think of me.
The unique difference between Tiger and me is that God has regenerated me by His amazing and empowering grace! (I don’t know if God has regenerated Tiger.)
I would think that a Christian’s response to the fall of Tiger Woods would be distinctly different from the culture. We Christians have a tremendous opportunity before us to draw attention to the power of the gospel and the redemptive purposes of God that come from His gospel.
People around the world are talking about Tiger’s fall. Several millennia ago another man fell, and when it happened, God had a far different response than what we see in the media. He implemented a plan to bring the gospel to bear as the answer to the problem of evil. See Genesis 3:15.
As a Christian, I want my response to sin to be similar to my heavenly Father’s. Whether it is my sin or another’s sin, I have the opportunity to draw attention to the gospel. Should you find yourself at a water cooler conversation over the coming days, I appeal to you to resist the temptation to follow the world by mocking Tiger Woods and his sin. His fall is not a time for joking. Let those who have no hope do that.
Your hope and focus should be on something better. You can model something radically different. Your culture needs to see a distinct difference between Satan’s kids and God’s. That difference is a risen Savior who brings hope to the fallen!
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).