Philip Malancthon once said to his friend Martin Luther, ‘Today, Martin, you and I will discuss God’s governance of the universe,’ to which Luther replied, ‘No, Philip. Today you and I are going fishing, and we’ll leave the governance of the universe to God.’        

-Mark Buchanan—The Rest of God (p. 220)

 

I’ve never gotten along real well with the hot-shot who seems to know exactly what the poor sap trying to beat Tiger Woods ought to do.  This is typically the same guy who won’t play the terrorizing game of golf since it means getting off his rear.  Maybe our would-be Tiger-killer would have an altogether different attitude if he were to go out and try and qualify for a PGA Tour Event himself.  Tougher to do than to talk about. 

Beating Tiger Woods on a regular basis doesn’t happen.  The whole field has one goal in mind… although he was beat last weekend at the annual Master’s Tournament, and in case you missed it, he took second—even with a bum knee he had surgery on hours after the event had concluded.  Big talking never does amount to much and Tiger Woods never has been much of a talker come to think of it—he lets his clubs do the talking whether he places first or second.        

It’s pretenders and critics that are busy talking a good game while the Jesus-followers are quietly walking with God.       

 6 ‘With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’ 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.    (Micah 6:6-8, ESV)

There are more armchair quarterbacks than real ones.  It’s easier to beat Tiger Woods in theory than on the course, although I’m not so sure even beating Tiger in theory can be done.  When it comes to reality—fat chance.  My point is this: Try being like Jesus yourself before you pass judgment on someone else who has decided to take up the occupation.  Jesus was no slouch and being like Jesus isn’t the same as being like your favorite uncle.  It’s easy to compare ourselves to a guy like John Daly lets say—and it may be why he’s just so popular.  But Jesus—good luck.  It’s impossible in your own strength to follow Jesus, and unless you’ve done it, you might want to consider reserving your criticisms until you have.  It’s always the non-practicing Christian (oxymoron I realize) who has all the answers.  I’m not denying that there are phonies—that’s the case with everything.  And I’m not talking about the bogus television preachers in this blog.  I have met a police officer or two who do not represent the majority.

I still haven’t met an armchair quarterback I like.

But it’s sure hard not to like Tiger Woods.

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