Well it’s not hard to know that Tiger Woods is back on the course and this is big news. According to the Telegraph.com.uk, 18th March 2010, “Tiger Woods’s comeback at the Masters is being billed as a ratings winner on par with inauguration of President Barack Obama.” It looks as if everyone has forgiven Woods for his sex scandals. What is obviously upper most in the minds of everyone is that the master is back on the course and displaying his magic.
Reflecting on this it’s sad to see how perverted and twisted our values are. It seems that to have a sex scandal, while bad can be quickly and simply atoned for if the person can get’s back on his feet and plays well. I guess most people have forgotten about Shane Warne’s sexual flings that cost him his marriage, yet once he was back with the ball in hand taking wickets for Australia, everything was forgiven. Similarly with Woods. Once he hits magic on the Masters tournament, people will be “wowed” and everything is forgiven.
In this it’s worth noting that the one thing that people won’t tolerate is sports enhancing drugs. Therefore while his sex scandal was wrong, at least it didn’t affect his hitting. On the other hand I can imagine that if, hypothetically, the reason for his great golfing was because he was taking some sort of sports enhancing drugs or whatever to help his golfing, then that would totally be the end, not only of his golfing career, but of Woods himself.
Strange that we can put up with unfaithfulness in marriage but not in sports. Maybe this highlights how much golf, and indeed sport has become so much of a god to all of us.
“Thou shalt not worship any other god except sport.” is the motto of our world.
We need to take seriously the words of Paul the apostle in Romans 3:25,26
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is for ever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.