December 4, 2009
Unless you've been living in a cave, you've heard about golfer Tiger Woods and his admission to an unspecified number of sexual liaisons with women not his wife.
Late night comedians and others are having fun with this, but the Tiger affairs should be a warning to us all. Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
That Woods is a rich celebrity may have put him at greater risk than average people, but sin is what it is and it manages to touch people of all economic backgrounds.
Woods first admitted to transgressions. No, a transgression is something far less serious. But who among us sinners can judge him? Jesus said anyone who lusts after a woman is guilty of adultery. Anyone who claims to be guiltless in this matter is a liar.
You have to work at a marriage and fidelity. It's difficult, given the images paraded before us -- from Victoria's Secret shows on CBS, to easily available porn on the Internet. But struggling against it is the best way to avoid giving into sin. Accountability groups can help. So can a healthy sexual relationship with one's spouse. That's how God meant sex to be experienced.
We should pray for Tiger Woods that someone can meet his greatest need, which is not other women, but Jesus of Nazareth who will transform his life.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.