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December 14, 2009

Tiger Woods Scandal

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Tiger Woods is making news again and unfortunately it is not in the golf course.

Yahoo News posted a good statement/question that got me thinking. The statement was:

Here’s the key question to all of this: did we need to know about Tiger Woods‘ secret, off-the-course life? Many argue that this is an unforgivable invasion of a family’s privacy, that we’re interested in Tiger Woods as a golfer, not as a family man. As long as he keeps sinking long putts on Sunday afternoons, who cares what he does later that evening?

But that just-golf-it mindset doesn’t account for the fact that Woods is not “just a golfer,” he’s the public face of an entire corporation. What he does on his own time is not his own business, not when his actions can do financial harm to those who have invested hundreds of millions in his image.  That financial impact, not the “more mistresses or more majors?” question, is the real story here.

Tiger is a public figure and so it matters. But this shouldn’t just apply to Tiger. It applies to everyone who profess their faith in Christ.

Sunday’s message was that Jesus is the light and in Him there is no darkness. But Jesus did not just end with that statement. He then commissioned us:

Matt. 5:14 ¶      “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matt. 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matt. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

So whether I like it or not I am a public figure. And in the end I am accountable to my God.

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