Restoration and Salvation
Yesterday, I came across a post on my Twitter feed about Tiger Woods and I was intrigued. The reason I read the post is because they are a blog that focuses on “scandalous movement of radical grace in life and leadership”. I absolutely love this idea and subscribe to it wholeheartedly but I have one problem that I’m starting to observe… there is no Jesus. Let me explain with my comments on the blog.
“Mike, I had the chance to experience both you and Jud at Catalyst a few years back and I was amazed and intrigued by both of your wants for radical grace. I also know that we [as Christ followers] are called to be a people that [prayerfully] forgive and move forward towards restoring others to where they once were, I respectfully have a different take on the Tiger Woods scandal. Tiger is definitely not Saul, but not quite David either and I too am praying for a roaring redemption with him family and return to the game. The key, I think, is his Buddhist faith. Everything he said was consistent with his renewed devotion to that – it is basically “I have to work harder and be more disciplined to renounce the desires of the flesh and make myself a better person”. Admirable, and I personally believe he meant every word, but it was a bit empty because there is no room for forgiveness, atonement, redemption in that worldview. Ultimately, I am praying for Tiger to see the truth that Christ brings to ones life. While I appreciate those who were there to support him [in the front row] and weep for the pain brought on by him to his wife and kids, we as believers need to pray not just for restoration but salvation in [Jesus] Christ.
Tigers restoration without salvation [in Christ] is useless. What do you think?