In a few short hours, my Stake will be holding a special meeting in which the boundaries will be redrawn, bringing some much needed equalization in size to the wards. In order to be able to focus on the Spirit during the meeting, I need to request your help in resolving a moral issue for me. By the time I get home from the meeting, I need to know whether or not I should be morally outraged when Tiger Woods receives applause and collects a decent paycheck tomorrow during the final round of the Masters.
Normally, when a celebrity does something morally reprehensible, if a person so desires it is fairly easy to continue partaking of that celebrity’s output in some degree, because they are almost never the “whole show.” It is usually just one player on a team, or one actor in a film, or one political stance in a sea of policy choices. (An exceptions to this rule is anything including Sarah Jessica Parker, who ruins any production she touches with her mere presence.) In the case of golf, though, there is no way to split the clapping, cheering, or green jacket up.
So, do I have an obligation to feel disgusted, as I did yesterday afternoon when I watched part of the 3rd Round? Am I supposed to cheer against Tiger and root for Phil Mickelson, despite Phil’s horrible taste in shirts? Or do I have a Christian obligation to forgive Tiger and support him on his claimed path of recovery? If not, how long am I required to wait before accepting Tiger’s apology and believing him when he says he is a changed man?
Does God expect moral outrage from His people? Or does He likely not care one way or the other (as long as none of the Brits are in contention)?