What Did We Want From Pres. Clinton?

Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)


Genean R. Early 

Genean gets a kiss from Jordan in August 1998

Genean gets a kiss from Jordan in August 1998

Note: This devotion is being posted in memory of

Genean R. (Gunn) Early

May 8, 1962-January 29, 2015

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 31:10,

DEVOTION: For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed:  (KJV)

That King David was a man of God is shown in his grief over his terrible sin: his lust for Bathsheba and his murder of her husband.

That President Clinton is a man of God is not so clear. His sins may not have been so extreme, but nonetheless they have paralyzed a nation. The ultimate effects of his behavior may not be known for years.

There are two camps responding to President Clinton’s confession at a Washington prayer breakfast (September 12, 1998). One claims he exhibited true repentance. The other claims he is using his faith to crawl out from under the rock that is burying him.

The obvious point is that Billy boy is notexhibiting the depth of grief over his sin that David did. We really do not know what Billy is experiencing, and to second guess is to be judgmental.

However, his masquerade does speak for itself. His attempts to pass off his behavior, to not admit his wrongs except under intense pressure, and his value of holding his head up regardless of the situation rather than sharing any real pain—should there be any “real agony”—is not equal to what the ancient ruler demonstrated.

What do we want from Clinton?

I think what the average citizen seeks is authenticity. It seems what David displayed was himself. Clinton did not.

PRAYER: (added by Carolyn): Lord, let each of us be authentic in our confessions to each other and to God. Let us confess, from our heart, heartfelt sorrow for our sins. Amen.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to What Did We Want From Pres. Clinton?

  1. Tom Beck says:

    Clinton’s behavior now indicates that he is not sorry, his apology falls short of ringing true, and his repentance only a sham.


  2. Grace ( & Fred) Wells says:

    I think Slick Willie wanted to be known as the “Education President” but to me he will always be ” The soap opera president” who is best known for Monicagate and Paula Jones gate. He made some good welfare reform changes, but those get overlooked with headlines from the National Enquirer.


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