About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
There are many
things we learn about human nature from Adam and Eve's sin that is
recorded in Genesis 3. One
thing we learn is that as irrational as it was, they tried to hide
themselves and their sin from God. From
then on, covering up sin has been basic to human nature.
"cover-up" got a lot of press in the 1970's when then Republican
President Richard Nixon lied to cover up his association with the
Watergate break-in. Anyone who
is old enough may recall Nixon's most famous words.
"I am not a crook." What
a tragic phrase to be remembered by.
On the Democratic
side of the aisle President Bill Clinton lied in an attempt to cover up his
adulterous affair with Monica Lewinski in the 1990's.
Some of you may recall his most famous words.
"I never had sex with that woman."
Well, that depends on one's definition of having sex.
Both Nixon and
Clinton refused to admit to their sin until they were trapped in a corner
and their sin was exposed for all to see.
Only then did they utter a reluctant confession, but that's human
nature. We are all reluctant
to admit to being in the wrong.
was bad enough but what really disturbed me back then, and still disturbs
me in today's world of cover-ups, is how Clinton's supporters ignored his
adultery. They claimed that
his sin was not a matter of his public life but a matter of his private
life, as if one's private life is separate and distinct from one's public
life. As long as
The problem with
separating your private life from your public life is that there is no
separation. Who you are in
private is who you really are, and who you really are will sooner or later
be exposed in public. If Bill
Clinton could lie to his wife and cheat on her, he could lie to the public
and cheat on those he was elected to serve.
When thinking of
these things I am reminded of John the Baptist.
He knew about King Herod's adultery, but unlike many people today,
he did not sweep Herod's sin aside in order to stay in his good graces.
I would think that John might have appreciated some of the things
that Herod did for the Jews, but despite his appreciation, he still
confronted Herod with the truth of his sin, and for that he was beheaded.
There are a few
things we as Christians can learn from all of this.
One thing is that we must admit to our sin.
It is what repentance is all about.
If there is no admission to sin, there is no repentance.
Another thing we learn is that we cannot ignore sin, even if we
benefit from the one committing the sin.
We may not all be called to a prophetic ministry like John the
Baptist, but we are all called to stand on the side of truth no matter the