Just a quick post, as I have been utterly unfaithful in posting in a while.
Recently I heard on the radio that Tiger Woods wife, Elin, was working towards reconciliation with Tiger. My first thought to this would be “awesome.” More people need to have that kind of “unconditional” and “covenental” love. But then the radio guy begins to bash the poor woman and talk about what a bad example she is being to other women by working toward reconciliation. Yes, Tiger did an awful thing. And no woman deserves that. But to suggest that working toward reconciliation is the wrong path is completely off base.
I asked my Connection Group (weekly Bible study group) what they thought. One wise woman commented about how our society wants “strong women.” I agree. Our women need to be strong, respected, honored, valued, cherished, etc. They should not have to put up with abuse or infidelity. But that does not mean that a woman should be scorned and called a “bad example” for seeking reconciliation to the man she loves. Besides that, what Tiger and his wife do needs to be their own business, and we need to leave them alone.
Anyway…as it relates to this topic, probably my favorite story in the Bible is the marriage relationship of Hosea to Gomer. Long story short, Gomer is unfaithful to Hosea, and God commands Hosea to forgive her and accept her back as his wife. This was to be a picture of God’s unconditional, covenental love for His people. It’s our model to follow. Love is not simply sentimental emotion. It’s a choice. And it is to be unconditional. And it’s the best thing in the world.
I pray we have more strong women like Elin who value commitment and faith and forgiveness.