By this point, we probably all know much more than we ever wanted to about the Tiger Woods affair. For his and his family's sake, we should hope that there won't be any more new revelations.
In light of everything that has transpired over the last two weeks, Tiger made the wise decision yesterday to take an extended leave from professional golf. On his personal website, he said, "I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try."
We should show compassion by giving Tiger the benefit of the doubt. Let's believe that he is sincere.
Something else that Tiger later said on his site shows his desperate need for the gospel. He wrote, "I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."
His wording is very important. Tiger is going to focus on being "a better person." This is a classic statement by a lost person who realizes that he has done something wrong. Tiger has fallen into the moralism trap. It appears from this wording that he is going to try to improve himself by his own strength. He'll try to pull-himself-up-by-his-bootstraps. Tiger is a talented person and has thus far in his life been able to accomplish just about everything he has wanted to. He'll work hard at becoming a better person.
Under his own power, Tiger will fail at becoming a better person. It is only through the gospel of Jesus Christ that we can live honorable lives. This is because after we are saved by the grace of God, the Holy Spirit begins a work of transformation in us. This makes it possible for us to increase in holiness and godliness. As this happens, we are able to truly enjoy and serve our glorious Lord.
Tiger desperately needs to hear the gospel in a way he can understand. Unfortunately, he is also very difficult to contact. Let's show compassion for him by praying that God will send someone to him with the gospel. Let's also pray that God will change Tiger's heart and save him from his sins.