Because I Still Don't Know Any Better, That's Why
And, besides, the News media are jumping all over Tiger Woods' apology, so why not me?
Fox News shows a nice article, which seems to present a reasonable approach. But they also stuck a poll right in the middle of it, as to whether folks thought his apology was enough. Like we have to do something in reaction to it.
CNN, from whom I swiped the photo above, is a little more in-your-face about it, and titles their article with the question "Does Tiger Woods' apology hold weight?"
I'd like to say some things about this whole apology deal. First thing is it sure seemed heartfelt, to me. He really didn't have to do that, did he? How many other famous folks have trod the same path and never said boo to the public?
Another thing is, I'm not sure he even owes me an apology. I never idealized him, or idolized him, and I guess I expect rich famous people to act like .. well .. rich famous people. And on that score, if folks out there held him up as a role model or hero of some sort, they shouldn't have!
Then, is his apology "enough"? On this one, I really have an opinion.
We believers are under instructions from God to forgive folks. God doesn't even mention waiting for an apology, and He usually links the instructions to cases where somebody wronged us personally. I'm not sure Tiger did!
For anybody who might stumble in here and read this, who's not a believer, let's think of this: have you ever apologized to anybody for anything? If you have, then you don't have a choice but to accept the apology. That is, if you ever want to be forgiven for anything you've ever done, yourself.
Brit Hume said a while back:
"He's said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith."
Well, he's right as far as he goes. Tiger needs more than forgiveness and redemption, though; he needs to change. And no set of rules or laws can offer that. What it'll take is the power of the Holy Spirit, indwelling in a believer, to make that person into a new creation in Jesus. That's what Christianity offers that no other religion does ... a Living Savior Who can change our hearts.