Tiger Woods appeared on national television today to apologize for his affair. The media is using this ordeal as another way to sell their papers and get hits to their online blogs. Mr. Woods stated it precisely when he said that he knows his words can't change anything, it will be over time. He knows he needs to earn back her trust. He also went on to say that he knows his decision caused pain for his fans, employees, advertisers, business partners, etc. The media is behaving like wolves trying to analyze his apology to know if he is sincere or not. But he already stated that it takes time for his wife to see his sincerity, and I believe the rest of the world needs to do the same. The process of healing for his wife, regardless of whether or not she reconciles with him, can not begin until she can allow herself to imagine the possibility that her heart can heal. If a victim of betrayal continues to focus on the sin and question sincerity, then the amount of time won't mean a thing because they'll still be stuck back at the press conference trying to dissect his apology.
Not only am I deeply disappointed in our political process, but also with the media. There was a time when most media outlets were on OUR side, the American people. On our side to inform us so we can make positive changes. But now they just want to be unethical tabloids that cause dissension. It's one thing to report facts objectively, it's another thing to trash this nation and it's people publicly. I can understand the need for him to apologize publicly since his position in this nation is so public. He has also been raised up to a dangerous level on the pedestals of American's children. But now that he has apologized, we need to back off and let his family heal first. It really doesn't matter what we think, it matters what his family thinks. It's far more important that his family heals than we do. His actions were first and foremost, the most damaging to his wife and children than anyone else.
Scriptures tell us to confess our faults one to another. Matthew 18 shows us how to handle a situation when a brother/sister is taken in a fault. If you continue reading the entire chapter, you'll see that restoration and forgiveness is commanded. Mrs. Woods will have to live with her pain for as long as the media keeps it in the news, in their papers, magazines, and on their websites. Do you want her to have the opportunity to heal? Then let it go and move on to another story that brings unity to this nation. There's enough division going on and I think it's high time we get united in this nation.
None of us can fix Mr. Woods' problems. Let their family and counselors help them and move on with your own life. Pray for them, but let it go. Please don't support any media that uses this tragedy as a form of financial gain. Tomorrow is another day and this story needs to be left behind. Anyone who has even been a victim of infidelity knows that digging it up every day does not bring healing.
Sisterlisa is a homeschooling mom of four children and married to an evangelist who travels to bring the gospel to those in need of our Savior. She is the owner of Growing in Grace Magazine and AGMinistries.