Two Presidents and a King

February 16, 2010

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

Here is the lesson to be learned from the scandals of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. It’s not the initial act that destroys you, it’s the cover-up. This is also one of the great lessons we can learn from David and Bathsheba. First the sin was committed – adultery with a married woman. Then Bathsheba became pregnant, making it impossible to hide the sin. So, David devised a brilliant cover-up. He sent for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, to be brought home and spend a few days with his wife. David figured that everybody would just assume the child was Uriah’s. A brilliant plan! But Uriah didn’t cooperate. Since his fellow soldiers were out on the battlefield, he felt it would be wrong for him to enjoy the pleasures of marriage. So he slept outdoors, rather than with his wife.

David’s approach to the cover-up wasn’t working, so he became more desperate. He finally succeeded by ordering that Uriah be placed on the front-line of the battlefield and be killed. By then, David was guilty of breaking a whole boatload of commandments: coveting another man’s wife, stealing, false witness, adultery, and murder. Perhaps he felt like his cover-up worked. The only problem is there is One who always knows. His name is God. No sin can be covered up from Him.

When you commit a sin, recognize the jig is up. God knows what happened; there can be no cover-up. Rather than compounding the chaos, confess your sin, ask forgiveness, and be willing to live with the consequences of your sin. God will forgive – but He will not remove the consequences, in hopes that we will not repeat our stupidity again.