But they that strive to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. . . Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.- 1 Timothy 6.9,17
As I watched pro golfer extraordinaire Eldridge (Tiger) Woods give what appeared to be a truly heartfelt apology to the world today, I couldn’t help but think of the apostle Paul’s admonition to his young protege Timothy. By Tiger’s own admission, he had allowed fame and fortune to deceive him into thinking that he was above the laws of nature and man which govern others. While his fall is even greater than that of all-pro quarterback and former dog fighter Michael Vick, both of them suffered from the same malady: PRIDE. At the nadir of their existence both men readily admitted that they thought that they were entitled to exist in a universe apart from the one which morally binds the rest of us.