Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

Thank you, Tiger

I typically don’t follow the media frenzy after fallen idols.  Ever.  But this time I find myself insatiably interested in following the Tiger Woods story.  I can’t explain it.  I’m still processing it.  But I do want to go on record and thank Mr. Woods.

Jesper Parnevik, Tiger Woods

Jesper Parnevik, Tiger Woods

First of all, I want to thank Tiger for renewing my loyalty to Jack Nicklaus.  For a while there I was rooting for Tiger to beat Jack’s record.  Not anymore.

I want to thank Tiger for drawing my attention to my new favorite active golfer:  Jesper Parnevik.  Jesper Parnevik introduced Tiger to his wife and publicly apologized to her for setting her up with such a loser.  He is the only golfer I have heard (so far) that has the courage to call out Tiger on his self-absorbed, destructive lifestyle.  Know this:  Tiger Woods is the same man he was before Thanksgiving.  Only now we all know about it.

Lastly (for this entry anyway), I want to thank Tiger for providing the clearest possible example of why we waste our time idolizing and following the wrong people.  Think about it … Tiger had the “perfect” life:  a great athlete, in perfect physical shape, playing a relaxing sport that can be played effectively into his “golden years”, having earned more money than any athlete in history and enjoying all of this with a picture-perfect wife and family.  Yet somehow that wasn’t enough.

Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

So who’s got the better life? Take a guy like me, for example.

I have a mortgage, but I love my job.

I don’t know how my kids will pay for college, but I love thinking about how we will work through it together.

I’m overweight, but I’m truly happy!

I also have an awesome wife and family.

I am so thankful for what I have and so content with where I am at that I truly would not trade my life for Tiger’s for double his net worth.  It’s all because God has filled the void in my life.  I don’t need the fame, power, riches, or spotlight.

Personally, I’m sick of the Hollywood idols, rock stars, sports legends and political icons getting all the attention as examples of lives to strive to follow.

I want to follow people that love God, love their families, love life and are thankful, humble, servant-hearted, kind, friendly people.  That news media crowd doesn’t have anything on the people I look up to!  If my kids figure that out, then I will truly be a successful man.

For making all that crystal clear before the entire world, I thank you, Tiger Woods.

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Great and very encouraging article. Thank you for sharing this.

 
 

Thank you for all that you are and you value in life. That is why I love you, my man, because you have your head screwed on right. But , you know what these last events tell me “why am I not surprised?” Sinful people (as we all are) with no real hope (Christ alone) are destined to fail no matter how much money they have. Thank you!

 
 

Amen to all of the above! The world (Satan) will always tell us the grass is greener on the other side of the fence…but alas, time and time again, we are shown the truth, and it is not! Bloom where you are planted (or more specifically, where God plants you!)

 
 

Enjoyed your post. Thanks for having the courage to speak out about sin. Too many people are blinded by the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life…which are deceivingly alluring, but damning.

God has given us, Christians, a responsibility to be a light to the world. And many times that requires speaking calling sin what is it.

 
concernedchurchmember
 

Pretty disturbing response towards a man who more than likely is not a Christ follower. None of us really know, but God knows. If he is a Christ-follower would that be the response a fellow believer should have toward him? If he is not would your recent blog make him want to be one.? In other words if Tiger and Elin were attending your church this Sunday and just happened to read your blog on the Saturday night before would they have a reason to listen to your message from God’s Word. What is it about Christians/pastors, we believe we are closer to God when we respond to people in this manner? Seems like a pretty mean spirited, bitter response towards someone Jesus loves. You may not want to follow Tiger, I pray the body of Christ responds to him different than your bottom line kind of guy response. Personally I’m sick of these responses!

 
 

Dear Concerned,

First of all, welcome to my blog! I welcome your opinion. I’m sorry that my view is disturbing to you. You posed several questions so I will try to give an answer.

I am not at all bitter about the Tiger situation. I don’t know him. He doesn’t know me. I just watch TV like millions of others. I certainly don’t think that my response was un-Christian. I am thankful! Tiger has a real problem. He is a sexual addict. He needs help. I can’t speak for Elin, but I think that she would agree with what I wrote. I was defending her. And I certainly don’t think that I’m closer to God because of my post! It’s just my opinion. It’s my post. Its’ my blog! That’s why I started it – to share my thoughts and stimulate thoughts from people all over – even those who don’t agree!

Be sure of this: Tiger Woods is no Christ-follower. (Following Christ doesn’t lead a man to have multiple mistresses!) He needs to be! He needs to turn from his sin and beg God for mercy and forgiveness (like I did many years ago and like millions of others have done). Hopefully, this public scandal will bring him to his senses. Obviously, before the scandal, his behavior was compulsive and destructive. If Elin were your sister, would Tiger’s behavior bother you?

My comments are directed toward the greater social phenomenon of exalting people who are successful in their profession without taking into account that they are failures in their personal lives. If given the opportunity to meet Mr. Woods (I would love that opportunity, by the way) I would certainly be kind. Yes, Jesus loves him, but Jesus also requires repentance from our sin before we can enter into that love relationship with Him.

Merry Christmas to you!

 
 

Dear Pastor Jeff,

I appreciate your willingness to address what were only my concerns. I agree it’s your blog but as you said the purpose of your blog is to stimulate response. I do not believe it’s your call to determine if Tiger is a Christ follower, that’s God’s call. As your aware the Bible is full of stories of men and women who followed their flesh (not God) and devastated their lives through compulsive and destructive behavior. I would not approve of Tiger’s behavior if I was Elin’s sister but I don’t think Tigers mother and late Father would appreciate your blog response either. I think we agree in the end its Gods goodness and grace that will lead Tiger to repentance. I do not believe the way the media, tabloids, and mainstream Christianity has responded to him will. Also I believe the social phenomenon you spoke of exists in church cultures as well. For the record I do like your blog but I will no longer comment to this post. I apologize for my inaccurate assumptions, I was only stating an opinion and I realize everyone has one. Thanks for your honesty,

Merry Christmas to you too!

 
 

Jeff.

Here is an article on the Steve McNair’s adultery that I had told you about awhile ago.

This Father of Four Appears to Have Paid for His Adultery With His Life
http://www.voddiebaucham.org/vbm/Blog/Entries/2009/7/14_This_Father_of_Four_Appears_to_Have_Paid_for_His_Adultery_With_His_Life.html

JA

 
 

Thanks Jeff for sharing the truth. I agree that the real heroes are the ones that live a godly life, being the example that I Timothy 4:12 calls for. It’s a shame that so many people would rather lift up a man that has fame and money to be their hero rather than a man that has fought the good fight and kept the faith. How much of a difference could someone like Tiger Woods make if that person would follow Christ and be the example that I Timothy 4:12 and II Timothy 2:19-22 call for.

Thanks again for preaching the Bible and taking a stand for the truth.

 
 

So Jesper Parnevik is a christian? I was trying to find out if he set Elin up with Tiger because of the money or because he thought they had the same faith and good fit?

 
 

I don’t know for sure, but this feels like another Ishmael or King Saul before King David. Where people of God try to do God’s will and then end with a bad consequences. These things probably happen till the end of human time on this earth.

 
 

I meant believers trying to accomplish God’s will not his way.

 
 

I have no idea what you are trying to say here. Maybe a little clarification? Who is the Christian trying to do God’s will here contrary to God’s way of doing it? What exactly are the bad consequences?

 
 

I have no idea if Jesper Parnevik is a Christian, and I also have no idea what his motives were in setting them up. We know that he felt remorse for doing so because he said that himself. What does any of that have to do with what I said about him in the blog post?

 
 

(This reply is for “Concerned” – dated Dec. 22, 2009)
For the record, yesterday (Feb. 19, 2010) Tiger publicly declared that he is a Buddhist. You may not like that I made the determination that he is not a Christian prior to that, but I was right! (Last time I checked, Buddhists are not Christians.) The point is that there are indicators of a life that has been transformed by the power of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit. Tiger had none of those indicators.

Also for the record, Tiger admitted that he was not a good Buddhist.

 
 

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