Monday, July 2, 2012

Tiger wins..... again

Yesterday Tiger Woods won his third tournament of the year at the AT&T Classic. He now heads the FedEx Cup leaderboard and the PGA Tour money list for the first time since 2009.  He also passed Jack Nicklaus for the second most tournaments won (74).

Tiger's success poses several difficulties for me that maybe you relate to.  (The context for this list is that I struggle to feel charitable toward someone who treated his wife and children the way he did through his serial sexual indiscretions.)

  • "Why do good things happen to bad people, like Tiger?" And the flipside of that, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
  • I am amazed at how many people are excited to have him back on the PGA Tour.  My challenge here is not that I want others to hate him, it's that they seem more willing to extend grace and forgiveness toward him than I am.
  • The previous point raises the question, "Are all these people really demonstrating grace, or are they just saying the sin isn't really that significant?"
  • Is it wrong for me as a Christian to cheer for someone to fail? (Think bigger than just the sports field for this one.)  What if I just cheer for the other guy to win?
I'm not giving answers to this list, just sharing my questions.  How do you feel about Tiger's success?  Are you hoping that he beats Jack's record of 18 major championships?

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