The public’s appetite for celebrity scandal seems insatiable. We want to know all the sordid details when famous people are caught in adultery or other “sins”. It becomes constant office chatter, fodder for the media and it is very hard to not get caught up in it – at least to some degree.
The recent eruption of media frenzy over Tiger Woods and his alleged cheating on his wife is the latest instance. Here’s a man – the world’s greatest golfer – who previously had exemplified strong values. A beautiful wife and two darling children, lots of money and endorsements and (like it or not) a role model for many. But as we so often see, all humans have faults. Nobody is perfect.
"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone”
Christians should be the first to recognize this whenever a new celebrity scandal occurs. The point of this article is not to excuse wrongdoing. Instead, it is to remind each of us that we all need to come to grips with our failings and imperfections. And we shouldn't judge. When we stumble it can be the hardest thing to humbly admit it and try to make things right. When famous people “fall” we often see repentant statements, but we’ve grown cynical to those that appear as nothing more than damage control. Making real amends, however, is healing for all parties. Time will tell is this is a path that Tiger will have to travel.
Celebrating strong moral values while not being blind to our own shortcomings is not easy (see the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector). But when we do embrace our shadow selves, ask God to help us to change, grant forgiveness and seek to live with honesty and integrity we start to change our world…and the world around us.