Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)
WHAT DID WE WANT FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON?
Genean R. Early
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.