This past weekend I sat captivated in front of my TV watching golf. If you know me you know how I don’t like to play the game. For me the only reason I watch the game is to cure insomnia. All of that said, I sat captivated all weekend long watching.
What drew me in? Tiger Woods. The entire weekend Tiger sat right off the lead. Whoa Wes, you watched for Tiger Woods? You mean THE Tiger Woods who cheated on his wife and child? THE Tiger Woods whose indiscretions brought down his career? How can a Christian, a minister none the less, root for that type person?
Maybe I’m off here, but I believe all Christians should root for Tiger. I know what your thinking, why root for Tiger when there are so many other quality Christian sports figures out there. My answer is simple, the Christian heart should be tuned to hope for redemption.
Often our practice when heroes fall is to walk all over them to make sure they don’t get up. We should not be the people who celebrate men’s downfall, instead we should be those who celebrate their redemption.
In the book of 1 Corinthians Paul makes a list of condemnable sins that disqualify you from heaven. In six words he then turns and shows how we as believers are to view the sins of others “and such were some of you.” It is easy to jump on the sins of other men. When we do that we don’t feel as bad about the sins in our lives. All of that said scripture condemns all the same so that every man might come to know Jesus.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
I root for Tiger Woods because my heart longs for redemption. I hate watching and hearing of men whose lives are destroyed by sin. My deepest desire is that those who find their place in brokenness might find restoration as well.