Tiger, Amanda, and Murder
Monday, December 7, 2009

“But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.  Have nothing to do with them.” 2 Tim. 1-5

 

                Several years ago, I did a sermon on the Lord’s Prayer.  The head elder was in the balcony with a microphone, unseen by the congregation.  The sermon was really a dialogue between him and me.  He was the voice of God, and I was a fictional me.  It turned out to be one of the most sought after sermons I ever gave.  Many bought the tapes and it was shared on statewide radio.  During the part when I said, “Hallowed be Your Name”, God responded, “You don’t hallow My name.”  And the case in point was, the week before, the fictional me was at the Masters Golf Tournament.  Tiger Woods was about to putt, and I indignantly shushed the person next to me.  God said, “You hallow Tiger Woods more than Me.  You laugh and cut up during worship on Sunday morning, but on that Sunday, instead of being with Me, you chose to be with Tiger instead of Me, and you demanded silence in his presence.  You have never done that for Me.”  How true it is.  Maybe Tiger worship has subsided in the last week or so, but my guess is, listening to the talking heads on TV, not much.  He is still being defended by the masses, while those same people think little about the degeneration of the image of God in our culture.

                Although I don’t like to get into sin management in my writing, I guess it’s time I weigh in on Tiger.  But before I do, let me recount for you another headline last week.  Amanda Knox, a young American girl from Seattle was given 26 years in an Italian prison for the murder of her British roommate.  It was said to be a sex killing: brutal, bloody and very passionate.  I bring this up because, although Tiger did not brutally murder another human, the basis of the acts was the same.  Both Amanda and Tiger were sex crazed – putting their own insatiable appetites above the lives of those around them.  Amanda killed her roommate, Tiger killed his family.   Both were senseless slaughters because they believed that they were above God’s laws and the principles behind them. 

                I have a friend who refuses to see the correlation between abortion and murder, between unbridled sex and brutal murder, between abortion and euthanasia.  He simply believes that each act stands on its own and should not be grouped “for effect.”  But it wasn’t but a few months ago we learned the sordid details of a pretty young mother in Florida, who killed her precious child because the child interfered with her partying.  She was involved in multiple sexual relationships and in her heart the right do that stood above the life of her daughter.  It is a slippery slope between abortion and killing our elderly (note that the current health bill being debated in the Senate has provisions for both – one to allow tax dollars to pay for killing of our unborn and the other to remove tax dollars which keep our elderly alive) but mark my word, where killing of any kind is embraced, then killing of all kinds will be embraced.  Where acceptance of free sex is embraced, then adulterous and brutal behavior will also be embraced.

                Now what does all that have to do with Tiger Woods.  Well, from the news commentators I have heard, with exception of Sean Hannity, I have seen no real condemnation of what he has done.  I have heard more, “it’s none of our business,” or “this is a family matter.”  But Tiger’s behavior is our collective business.  We have let our culture go to seed in such a dramatic manner that we embrace what is wrong and in some cases make it legal to carry out such sins.  I am amazed that our culture believes it is a far greater sin to be intolerant of homosexual behavior than to be involved in a homosexual act.  We have laws now which state the very thing – hate crimes for those who speak out against the sin, and tax dollars flowing to those who choose to indulge.  And that is precisely what Tiger Woods is all about – deaden our senses when a national icon sins, so that we can codify and inculturate a practice condemned by God.  Maybe Tiger would never carry his passions as far as Amanda Knox, but we must believe that once any person turns their life over to sin, and their back on God, anything, including brutal murder is possible.  Remember it was Jesus who said, "Murder begins with anger; adultery begins with lust."  And because of that, He said if we are guilty of anger against another, or lust for a person not our spouse, we are already guilty of murder and adultery.  Because He knew that it would not take long after the minor is embraced, the major will take place.  He knew that even the line between sexual sin and murder will begin to blur. 

                My friend would say, “You go too far.”  And maybe you agree.  But according to Paul’s letter to Timothy, our culture’s  reaction is merely a sign of the total decimation of the culture and the end of life on earth.  We cannot live in the boiling caldron of acceptance of sin and survive as a culture.


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