Tiger and Forgiveness

Posted on February 20, 2010 by

Tiger Woods has publicly confessed of wrongdoing and asked for forgiveness. The commentary provided on his press conference has ranged from harsh to accusations of insincerity. Of course it is impossible to know the motives of others. Only time and actions will reveal the intent and motives of Tiger.

Perhaps the deeper issue for Christians is the matter of forgiveness. I am not talking simply about the forgiveness of Tiger. I am referring to the issue of forgiveness. Christ taught us to forgive. Forgiveness is never easy or simple. All of us have been faced with the issue of forgiveness. It is so much easier to write someone off if they have wronged us. Yet as Christians we are to practice forgiveness because of the grace given us in Christ.

Jesus demonstrated the significance of forgiveness in the way he dealt with the woman caught in the act of adultery. Everyone in the crowd wanted to stone her according to the law of Moses. Jesus responded by saying, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. One by one the crowd put their stones down and walked away.

The truth is all of us are flawed human beings. No one can claim perfection. I am not defending the wrongdoings of Tiger—I am saying that of all people, Christians should practice forgiveness. We have been forgiven in Christ. Put your stones down and extend a hand of forgiveness to someone who needs it. Who knows, one day you may need someone to forgive you.

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