Much has been written and discussed about the recent confession of Tiger Woods. Was it sincere? Did he do it because he was forced? Was it just an attempt to limit the damage to his financial empire? The debate goes on and on.
One thing seems certain: most people felt Tiger needed to make a public apology. For one reason or another, there has been an expectation that the day of Tiger’s confession had to come. But why?
When was the last time you or I stood up before others and admitted our sins? When was the last time you have seen this done (other than when the famous are forced to do it to salvage their careers)? Should we? I am reminded of James 5:16:
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV)
The Bible tells us that we are to confess our sins to one another. Has this been lost in our culture than holds so tightly to personal autonomy and privacy? Would you be willing to confess your sins before your church, especially those sins that are public knowledge? Would there be benefits to such a practice?