Have you been following golf’s perfect trophy for the last decade.  The scandal has nearly everyone watching the story develop.  Tiger wins nearly everything, he has maintained a near perfect profile over the years….UNTIL NOW!   The cat is out of the bag.  Tiger is NOT perfect.  In fact he is human and all human beings are guilty of ‘transgressions.’  The Bible tells us that.  It’s a given….For ALL (including Tiger AND including YOU) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

This is the reason for Christmas.  Christ entered our world to save us as helpless sinners from our sins.   He gives us Mercy and Grace when we deserve Justice and Hell!

Interesting enough….Why is it that when it is someone else we want a HUGE slice of JUSTICE and when ‘we’ are found out we want everyone to understand and we want an equally HUGE slice of Grace and Mercy.

I am profoundly saddened by Tiger’s admission, but I am confident that he has just started the process of being freed from the guilt he has born alone for years.   I am glad to see him make the correct priority choice of taking some time off from golf to tend to what is more important, his wife and his children.

Forgiveness is possible.  Restoration is desired.

No need to crucify Tiger Woods.   Jesus was already hung up for our hang ups, so we can quit hanging ourselves up…and others.   He died for our “transgressions” so forgiveness would be possible.

Justice and mercy are served up together.   Tiger is no better or worse than any of us when we are truly honest with ourselves.    I want God and our community to respond to Tiger the same way I would want them to respond to me IF I were in his shoes.

A special NOTE TO TIGER WOODS:  You’re not guilty anymore!  Someone far greater paid the price of your transgressions.   Look to Him and trust Him to begin to put the pieces of your life and your family back together again.

I pray for Tiger….that He would feel the warm embrace of the True Meaning of Christmas.   Jesus, the SAVIOR of the World…the one and ONLY one that offers real Mercy and Grace!