Skip to comments.Tiger Saves Awkward Moment (Man asks Woods "Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?")
Posted on 10/18/2006 9:25:27 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
IGER Woods got ambushed by an evangelical guest of Nike on Oct. 9 during an exclusive golf outing for top business and entertainment executives.
"During the lunch, there was a Q&A session with Woods, and most people were asking about their swings or golf questions," our source said. "Until some guy - a guest of Nike - stood up and said, 'Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? And if not, prayfully, would you?' " The source added, "You could have heard a pin drop. People were mortified.
But Tiger was as unflappable as he is on the golf course and responded, 'My father was a Christian - of course Christianity was part of my life - but my mother is Asian and Buddhism was also part of my childhood, so I practice both faiths respectfully.' "
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Thanks ... for forcing me to go open a dictionary.
But you agree it was the right word to use, yes? :-)
It's pronounced like "ghost" with a 'che' in the end. Now you can impress all your friends.
Simply not possible.
"I practice both faiths respectfully"= "No, I am not a Christian. Next question?"
'No, I can't,' he said. 'Buddha was not a Christian but Jesus would've made a good Buddhist.'"
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Conversation with the Devil
So he is not a Christian.
I have a problem with Christians grandstanding like this. You don't do this in front of other people in an effort to shame the target into awkwardly accepting Christ. It's not a true conversion.
This Christian man needs his head examined.
It is utterly gauche, as an apparently invited guest, to ask such a personal question in public. Tiger's religious beliefs are his own. People who like to intrude on anyone's inner life are gauche. And rude.
*Shrug* He's a public figure.
Presumably your quote is supposedly the Devil's response...if so, it simply is irrational (not that I expect that rationality was your point).
Agreed. Probably the most tactfully he could answer the question, though. I think Rush mentioned the other day that people like Tiger don't talk about political views to avoid offending people and becoming controversial. And when you think about it, it's nice to have some people who don't seem to be one side or the other. Not moderate, just publically apolitical.
BS. He's a fellow human being. Questions like that are soul-personal.
The questioner was an ass.
I think you are being too kind.
I think you're right! :-)
I agree with you...it was a very poorly done. And, for the record, I don't think Mr. Wood's response was intended to be flip or evasive. I doubt he understands what being a Christian is. He's got quite a bit of company as it's widely misunderstood.
He sounds like a typical NorthEastern Lib to me.
Religion is worn as an accesory.
Genuine belief in God is a view that is met with contempt in the NorthEast.
The Nike invitee probably just lost his/her invitation to future events.. Rightfully so.
If you ask someone what religion they are and they start their answer with "my mother is" or "my father was", you can bet that they have no religion.
Yeah, I gotta agree. I'm sure the questioner meant well, but we all know what the road to hell is paved with. Maybe next time he gets such an urge he'll bite his tongue.
No, he was stating simple facts about his parents. Geez.
Hope so. But these paranoid days I wonder if those who ask questions like that aren't pretenders trying to make Christians look rude. I think that's an extreme possibility, given how desperate the Left is.
I think Tiger practices another religion, Orb - god of golf, a lot more than the other two. I am sure his idea of practicing religion is a bucket of balls at the driving range. Of course, a ball and stick can take you a long way in this world, but won't get you into Heaven's clubhouse. Only Jesus hands out those kind of rewards.
I realize customs vary place to place, but I think it is rude to ask someone about their personal religion in a public gathering.
Amen, bro. I have nothing against preaching, but it has its place.
It was simply downright rude for a guest to do something like that. Although I agree with previous posters that you can't be both Christian and Buddhist, Tiger handled the improper question with grace. On the other hand, I wouldn't have had a problem if he had said, "That's none of your business" or "What's it to you?"
Tiger Woods is from California.
My goodness, what a tacky thing to do!
Mr. Woods' response, while theological gibberish, was certainly good manners. He could also have said something on the order of, "Sure, I'll think about it."
I verify that what you say is true.
True. The great people of the Old Testament were neither Christian nor Buddhist, but I don't hold it against them.
His response might have been gibberish, but it was a decent and gentle response nonetheless. It is a good example of how Christians or Buddhists might respond to an arrogant twit.
Tiger showed much more class than this a$$. Hope the Nike folks threw him out of the event. Tacky, tacky, tacky.
Naked women on magazine covers at the checkout line, on huge billboards next to the interstate, on nearly every television channel, on posters and in department stores and catalogs, all over the Internet, these things - and worse - discussed daily in the news, and our daughters nearly naked on public streets:
Yes, not rude, not gauche, not "personal"...
Public acknowledgment in any form whatsoever of Jesus Christ, the Only Way to God, or any symbol having to do with that Name:
No, such things are only "inner" and what is "inner" is never "outer"...
LOL - A woman's pubic parts no longer private but "art" and faith in Jesus Christ not allowed creative expression. Yes, these are the times.
It is true what is said so commonly and not fully comprehended by most:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The private beauty of a woman ought by nature and at any cost be kept a precious secret to all but her beloved.
The public beauty of Jesus Christ will be displayed by all who know Him, no matter what it costs. Amen.
Why? Oh, I see. Christians aren't supposed to actually ask anyone about their faith, or actually act like they BELIEVE in that man Jesus. Are Christians in America supposed to hide their faith and go live under a rock? At least he didn't put a gun to the guy's head and force him to convert!
I thought it was a great question that took a lot of guts to ask, showed courage. Besides, Tiger Woods was given the opportunity to show he was man enough to handle it.
"The great people of the Old Testament were neither Christian nor Buddhist..."
Not true--they were Christian. "Christ"--"Christos" is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew "Messiah," both meaning "the anointed one;" referring in the Old Testament to the promised Savior.
The Old Testament believers looked forward in faith to the "Christ," the "Messiah." The New Testament believers looked upon Him in the flesh. Both were believers in the "Christ," the "Messiah," and thus both were "Christians."
Evangelism is more than asking about someone's personal Lord 'n Savior. Almost every person I know who converted to Christianity did so after someone with whom they had a continuing relationship introduced them not only to the propositional truths of Christianity, but also the personal realities in their lives.
Lifestyle evangelism, not ambush evangelism, is the norm.
So as soon as Adam and Eve were created by God himself, people started looking forward to a Messiah to save them?
I'm a Christian, but that doesn't mean it is appropriate to take over an occasion in which I'm a guest to publicly confront someone's spiritual standing.
If that were true, your position would have everyone constantly asking the question of everyone they meet. Jesus never did that, nor did the Apostles. They showed their example and encouraged in private settings and in public settings they either defended someone or spoke in a situation in which people came to explicitly hear the Word.
"The Old Testament believers looked forward in faith to the "Christ."
Enterprise then wrote, "So as soon as Adam and Eve were created by God himself, people started looking forward to a Messiah to save them?"
Adam and Eve were created without sin, so they didn't need a Savior from sin. After the Fall into Sin, that Savior was promised (Gen. 3:15).
And when someone uses a public occasion to ask a very personal question that is none of their business, you can bet that they have no manners.
In my personal experience, ambush evangelism is a sure fire way to make others avoid you, your beliefs and your church like the plague.
"Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness."
While I am not sure the approach used was the best in this case, I fail to see why someone's relationship with Christ should be kept to themselves. If they are truly a Christian, then it will be known by the way they live.
Yes, it will be known by the way people live, not by off-topic questions at a golf event.
Oh ok. So after they were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, they started looking for someone to save them? I guess that makes sense. Here I am in the Garden of Eden, and life is good. I make a mistake and God throws me out. Oops, someone save me, I made a mistake! And God is not going to help!
What about the people after Adam and Eve, but before Abraham?