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February 2010
WOODS: LOST IN THE WOODS?


Suresh Manoharan

Even the secular media knows that an affair outside of marriage is wrong.

For once Tiger, does not seem to be roaring, rather it seems to have gone into hiding. What's wrong with the champion golfer, who, for all practical purposes, was born with a golf club in hand, but is now "being clubbed" ruthlessly by the media? The life of the "CHOSEN ONE,” who would regularly take our breath away with feats, not thought possible in the golf course, is seriously veering off course. The corporate moguls, who were queuing up before his house to get an endorsement contract signed, have dropped him like a hot potato. Reason for Woods getting, as it were, lost in the woods? An old, old story of man eating the "forbidden fruit", in his case "sexual indulgences" outside of what seemed to be a perfect marriage, till now with his wife Elin. Surprising? Not at all! Didn't somebody say that the "best of men amongst us are at best merely men with a feet of clay"? Historically from Samson (He-man with a She weakness) to Greg Louganis (he "dived" into immorality) to Magic Johnson (he ate from a forbidden "basket") to Shane Warne (for his wife, his life was like facing one of his googlies) and now to the Tiger, all those "SUPERSTARS" who flouted the "laws of the Almighty" written in their hearts (The Bible says that in every man's heart, even if he is an atheist, is written God's moral code - Rom. 2:14-15) has it not been a case of "reaping what you sow"? Hey, even the secular media knows that an affair outside of marriage is wrong. Reason? In every person is the in-built perfect God's moral code. It is said, we immediately recognise a crooked line, only when we know how a straight line appears!

Admit…

Without being too judgemental, let us reflect on the "universal bug"( read sin) which has "bogeyed," not necessarily only the Champions of Sport, but mankind throughout history? It would serve us well to admit that in every man (not necessarily a murderer, thief or an adulterer) is an innate beastly nature, inherited from the "first parents, who ate the forbidden fruit, wanting nothing to do with their loving Creator” (Rom. 3:23). By sinking their teeth into the "forbidden,” they were in fact, conveying a message to their Divine Father "We do not care a damm about your instructions to us, this is OUR LIFE, WE WOULD LIVE IT ON OUR TERMS." Because, all of us are born with a stubborn, rebellious nature (talk of genetics) NEEDING A SERIOUS SPIRITUAL OVERHAUL THE SAVIOUR REMARKED "WE NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN" (Jn. 3:3). Mind you, without this spiritual transformation , we would just be as stinking to the Almighty as Tiger is to Elin, now!

Commit...

Want to "tee off," afresh in life, free from any contamination in spirit? Then handover your life, to the ONLY ONE, who can give you a new start resulting from a new birth (Jn. 1:12). Any procrastination in receiving the Saviour's redemption plan (2 Cor 6:2) for whatever reason, would be a case of... missing the wood for the trees!

Submit...

The Saviour does not only guarantee a new spiritual life, but guarantees to make you a spiritual champion like Himself, by slowly but steadily conforming you to His own image (II Cor. 3:18/Rom. 8:29). For this, we need to submit ourselves to His training. In the spiritual realm, let me assure you, soon you would be regularly scoring under par…

Transmit…

If, we have experienced the Saviour's redemptive love, should we not transmit this GOOD NEWS (Gospel) to everyone, we know? Yes, there is good news to the fallen Tiger too. The Saviour, who has loved him by even dying for him, is willing to accept him, as he is and give him a new life.




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