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?
This is my first time seeing your blog, and I look forward to following it. I think in response to your question about the benefits of confessing our sins before our church, I would say that it can begin a healing process. I will admit that is not something that I do very often, in fact rarely, but when I have done this, it has opened up my heart to moving past my sins and stop hiding them. I have also gotten such great encouragement and prayers from my brothers and sisters in Christ afterwards, and this has also helped with moving away from whatever the sin was and start moving back towards God.
Now, as far as Tiger goes, I think you were on the money with maybe he felt he needed to do it to begin healing some of the damage he has done to his professional life. I am very glad that I do not live in the fish bowl that he does.
Good thought inspiring post. Thanks
Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I admit that I have not confessed my sins before the church many times either. However, as you stated, when I have it has been the beginning of a great healing experience. It is truly wonderful to have the body of Christ come alongside and offer encouragement, forgiveness, and their prayer support.
I am not much of a runner, but I do enjoy cycling. I hope that is okay. 😉