I want to share my thoughtsabout Tiger Woods andforgiveness.I am not condoning theacts, but who am I to act in judgment towards himwhen I consider the thingsthat I’ve done, said orthought?I just find it difficult to castany type of stone towardshim without giving himsome stones to cast backtowards me. The results arestill the same, we have allhave done things that we’renot proud of and wish wehadn’t done.We’ve all acted selfishly andbelieved that we wouldn’tget caught. It’s unfair,because I know of his sins,but he doesn’t know of mine.So how why should I treat him or view him anydifferently than I did before I knew of his sins?To consider others beyond yourself means youseek a position of compassion.I’m reminded of two things when I think aboutthis situation Tiger has found himself in.One is one of my favorite quotes by Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr.
“We are caught in a network of mutuality. I can’t be what I ought to be, until youare what you ought to be.”
If I seek to be forgivenfor the things I’ve done, I must be willing toforgive.The other is the story of
“Jesus and the womantaken in adultery”.
(John 7:53 – John 8:11)
We often are quick to verbally stone someone forthe mistakes they’ve made without considering ourown in our critique. Many unconsciously take thesame position the Scribes and Pharisees took ashe confronted their judgment of the womancaught in adultery. Jesus simply asks the question of consideration.
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first tothrow a stone at her.”
The same goes for Tiger Woods, you or anyoneelse.Who dares to be honest enough to demonstratecompassion towards others sincerely?How can I cast stones when I am not perfect?Is one sin greater than another?Do two wrongs make it right?In the case of Tiger Woods v The World this is theonly judgment I can offer. So if no one else iswilling to say it, I will.You’re forgiven.
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| Written By: Timothy Valentine