If you were asleep the past couple months, you missed a life long worth of scandals. Every day stories are breaking about affairs, inappropriate relations or sexual assaults. Whether you’re a celebrity, member of the media or school teacher, transgressions committed in darkness have been brought to the light. I’m not sure why this is occurring all at once, but perhaps a spirit of confession has inspired guilty consciences to come clean.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy, Proverbs 28:13.
Despite the powerful messages recorded in the Bible, each was written by fallen individuals. Abraham had a tendency to lie rather than trust God. David committed adultery, got a married woman pregnant then gave orders to have her husband killed. Peter talked a good game, but when push came to shove, he publicly denied knowing Jesus three times. One of the mysterious ways God works is through convicting hearts of actions in direct conflict with biblical principles. Those who conceal that which is hidden will not prosper.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld, John 20:23.
Through all the dirty laundry that is aired regularly, I do see one positive outcome of this ugly part of American history. The only way to truly heal is through the act of penance. While attending seminary, I took a class called Revival and Revivalism. This course studied the Great Awakenings and it’s impact on Great Britain and the United States. Surprisingly, each was started by young people bearing their souls in public, revealing deeds of darkness of their past. This act of honesty stirred hearts to do the same. While America may seem like it’s falling apart, perhaps sins in the dark brought to light may serve as inspiration to ignite another great awakening.
by Jay Mankus