The Masters begins today, and I’m not sure what to do with Tiger Woods. Whether you are a golf fan or not you have surely heard of his fallout. His argument with his wife that resulted in a 911 call, his now 15 plus mistresses that have come forward. His double life of devoted husband and father on one hand, and life of debauchery on the other. When you boil it all down it was really just a horrifying example of someone believing that they are god, that they are in control of their own life. A belief that the rules don’t apply to them and that they can do whatever they want whenever they want without consequences.
Before we get too comfortable looking down at Tiger, we must realize that to some degree we have all done the same thing as he has. We have tried to be god of our own lives, have done life by our own rules and have lived a double life. Claiming Jesus as our Savior, yet acting as if we are our own savior. This way of living is called pride. As I mentioned during my Lent blogging, the best definition I have seen on pride is from a book I read a number of years ago, “Pride is believing we are God.” At the core of this lie is not really believing that God is in control. Since we don’t believe that He is in control, we have to control every situation that we are in.
In Mark 1 Jesus’ first words were pretty clear: “Repent and believe in the good news.” What is the good news, there is no good news today whether it is Tiger, another war or the economy, it’s all bad news. Well, the good news is that Jesus showed up! Let’s let that sink in for just a second. The God of the Universe, the Creator of all things including you and me, came here and said, “I want to be your friend. I want to walk with you today, throughout each day. I will be your God, and I will be your friend.”