We have all witnessed over the years several prominent public figures repenting—or seemingly repenting—of their misdeeds on the television. Whether it is a politician like Bill Clinton, Rod Blagojevich, or more recently Scott Lee Cohen, or a sports figure like Tiger Woods or Michael Vick, or a religious leader like Jimmy Swaggert or Ted Haggard, we hopefully see ourselves in them and realize that we are all capable of sins that impact the lives of many. And hopefully when we do see ourselves in them, we feel God’s grace and forgive them and forgive ourselves when we inevitably fall.
I am afraid, however, that our culture has grown more and more cynical in the wake of the many public and self-serving apologies by famous people when they have done something wrong. One of the news items today is that Tiger Woods will be making a public statement on Friday before reporters, and the initial reaction of media talking heads is that his public statement will be the beginning of his reparation of his public image. Personally, while I am a fan of Tiger Woods like millions of others, I would like to see Tiger completely ignore the media, deal with his personal problems within a circle of privacy, and get back on the course and entertain us as the world’s best golfer. That’s the Tiger I know, the one who is an amazing golfer and entertains me. Tiger has not done anything to hurt me personally so I do not need to hear his apology or plan for rehabilitation. [Read more…]