In the sandtrap

I hope you didn’t enjoy the “kick ‘em while your down” mentality displayed by the mainstream media during the semi-recent coverage of Tiger Woods’ travails.  Honestly, I couldn’t watch or listen to any of it.  When the name of the golfer was heard in any media, I was repulsed and the noise was shut off.

It is bothersome to see people used no matter the status level.  They are built up so that others may pad their portfolios.  When they fall, their shortcomings are used for the same purpose.

In the article posted here, Dr. Rossiter makes the following statement:

The cynics may be right, but I doubt it. I think Woods’ apology and stated intentions are genuine. Surely most of us hope he will do whatever it takes “to start living a life of integrity,” as he put it, if only for his own sake and that of his family.

It is an excellent article that I hope you take the time to read.  It’s longer than most in today’s bite sized blogosphere but well worth the extra effort. The article is not really about Tiger.  It’s about our culture.  It’s about how an unknown can become the president of our nation.

The good doctor writes:

The average American citizen is immersed in the myriad obligations of everyday life. As traditionally trusting souls, we tend to take most of what we see and hear at face value – that’s true about most things, not just what the politicians tell us. But that kind of trust doesn’t work anymore, and the American public’s recently plummeting approval ratings for government officials and their policies reflect this reality.

Dr. Rossiter writes of repentance.  It is a word seldom seen or heard in modern culture.  The good doctor doesn’t go to the next step and define the only One who can give that repentance.  This is the only, though colossal, disappointment.

The doctor writes:

Woods could fuse his Buddhist spirituality with the timeless lessons of Judeo-Christian morality on which all decent human conduct must be based, whether in marriage, business, government or social life.

This is a confusing statement.  The doctor seems to say that two different systems can be fused and then goes on to say that decent conduct is based on one.

The single statement and the disappointment, however, don’t negate the usage of the word so seldom seen or heard.  The article is also filled with great links.

I will “finish” the article for the doctor of 45 years in a way that adds the all-important cherry:

…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,

15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

(Mark 1:14b-15)

It is a good article, but I am now completely content.

Chris Reimers

Dr. Rositer’s article:

Tiger Woods, Obama and the redemption of America

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