Friday, December 18, 2009

A Man's Name

I can remember the first time I heard his name. It was a commercial for sporting goods showing several different people (from children to adults) playing a sport then saying, “I am Tiger Woods.”

At the time, I didn’t have a clue what they meant. A type of driver for a set of golf clubs? Only the sport was correct. After I found out about this young man, I followed his career with interest. He was non-racial. Multi-cultural, he embodied a future many dreamed of. The open father-son relationship was one to be envied. His achievements became legendary.

Years later his name evokes jokes.

How much better would it have been to have followed:

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2 KJV)

Every idle word is reported. Every deed scrutinized. It is easily said:

Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: (Psalms 69:19a KJV)

Family and corporations are moving away from him. His life is forever changed.

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. (Ecclesiastes 10:1 KJV)

The Bible has a lot to say about foolishness, but this pretty well sums it up:

My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. (Psalms 38:5 KJV)

How wonderful that God sees past the sin and the jokes, offering forgiveness:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (Psalms 103:2-3 KJV)

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalms 103:12 KJV)

He sent His son to take care of all:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17 KJV)

Cleansed? Yes. For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37 KJV)

1 comment:

  1. Yes, many verses have come to my mind as this has come out. First if he were truly saved and followin God this wouldn't have happened, if he had made no provision for his flesh, this wouldn't have happened, if he had loved his wife as Christ loved the church this wouldn't have happened. Then her too: she flaunted her body for the world to see and that attracts these kinds of men. If only everyone could see the truth in the word of God and live by it.


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