Let’s Call It What It Was

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila, Author and Political Commentator

Last week, one of Tiger Woods’ numerous mistresses released a series of text messages he had sent to her.  To say that they are sexually explicit is to put it very mildly.

To be frank, I couldn’t care less about the inner workings of Woods’ personal life.  However, what I do care about is the fact that he is undergoing treatment for sex addiction.  Why?  Because it speaks to a larger societal problem.

Americans are increasingly unable to speak the truth.  Guess what?  Some women are liars.  Some men are abusers.  Some criminals are incorrigible.  A terrorist is a murderer.  And maybe, just maybe, Tiger Woods is a plain old cheater.

I have grown tired of society’s rush to excuse bad behavior via crafty labels.  Children who misbehave in class are quickly tossed into the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder club and stuffed with medication.  If scolded, many of them will instantly claim that it is not their fault, blaming the debilitating “disease” from which they suffer.  Criminals who have repeatedly raped, murdered, and tortured innocent victims undergo countless bouts of rehab.  And now, those who cheat on their spouses with outright disregard for the sanctity of marriage and the vow of fidelity enter sexual rehabilitation clinics and cite addiction as the responsible party.  Forget morality and commitment.  It’s all about “disease.”

I had a conversation with my ninety-six year old grandmother a couple of years back.  She’s not particularly political, grew up quite poor, and lacks a lot of the sophistication that would be applauded by the elite.  However, she possesses values that have been lost by many.  If you act like a jerk, she’ll call you one.  If she does something stupid, she won’t assume that she’ll be exempt from paying the price.  In her world, liars are liars.  Murderers are murderers.  Good and evil still exist, and she’s not afraid to look them both in the eye and call them what they are.  I’ll take her bluntness and personal responsibility any day over the cowardice and duplicity of so many of today’s leaders.

During the 2008 election cycle, another ninety-something friend of the family didn’t watch the news much (She rarely does, claiming that if she wanted to listen to a bunch of bull, she’d check out a segment of today’s “reality” television).  But I’ll never forget arriving at her apartment one afternoon and witnessing all four feet, nine inches of her shouting on the phone to her daughter:  “Jamie!  That man sat in Trinity United Church for twenty years straight!  Are you as dumb as he thinks you are?”  I remember wishing that she could stand in for John McCain in the debates.  FYI—she later made a huge poster that read Wake up, McCain, and let the Palin chick do the talking.

We must not lose the ability to hold people accountable for their actions.  And we must call it like we see it.  I thank God for the few in power who are fighting the trends of moral relativism, political correctness, and the disease invention brigade of the twenty-first century.

P.S.—Tiger, I’m all for you atoning for your sins and turning over a new leaf.  But for the sake of our intellect and your integrity, let’s call it what it was.

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  1. Ann Pierson says:

    In Tiger’s press conference Monday, I felt he took full responsibliliy for his behavior. He didn’t blame anyone but himself, and he expressed deep remorse for how he had hurt his family. Those who feel he should have given more ‘details’ are SICK!! It’s none of our business.

    It is clear the women involved are out to seek ‘fame’. ALL MEN, especially those in the public eye are targets for women who will sell their souls to bring one of them down, regardless of the pain it causes wives and children.

    Regardless of what you want to call Tiger’s behavior, it appears the therapy he has received has helped him…time will tell. For now I feel he should be allowed to deal with this privately as he continues his efforts to repair the damage he has caused and hopefully bring healing to his family.

    Those of us who are Christians should be praying for him and his family and hope someday he will understand and accept the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  2. Mike M says:

    Anyone who grew up in the late 60’s or early 70’s will now see the fruits of the ‘modern thinking’ being birthed at that time. What do we see today? – “It’s not my fault, the devil made me do it”. Nope – he didn’t make anyone do it, just twists the truth to con us into thinking it is OK for us to do it and we are justified. We make the choice and take that first step. As I remember it actually it started at the beginning. Eve blamed satan and Adam blamed Eve and also God for the woman He gave him. It is in our sinful nature but now the culture is going more to calling evil good and good evil. Too much “it is all about my needs and desires”. Now just after Easter we need to remember that Jesus also came as an example of how we should live and was a servant king. The time he washed his disciples feet at the Last Supper was teaching that to them. Remember He also washed the feet of the one He knew was going to betray him.
    Tiger and others are no worse than any of us as God hates all sin big and small. The real measure of character is how do we deal with our mistakes. Do we admit them and apologize and seek to change or do we just make excuses. Let us stand firm and keep calling evil, evil and good, good and help others in need.

  3. Charlie R says:

    When the president of the United States of America as well as Washinton politicians tell incredible lies and they get a pass, how can we expect the rest of the population to not notice, and conclude lying is OK ?

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