C.J. Mahaney has written an incredible post on Christian confession of sin in light of steroid use in baseball. If you aren’t a fan of baseball (which I am not), read this anyways, as C.J.’s insight can be applied to any area of life. Mahaney hits a homerun (sorry) when he pens:
“When I find myself adding an explanation to my confession, I’m not asking forgiveness but instead appealing for understanding.”
“If my so-called confession extends beyond a very specific (acknowledgement of sin) sentence or two, then I am most likely excusing my sin, and requesting understanding for my sin, rather than sincerely asking forgiveness because of my sin. So I have learned to be suspicious of any confession of sin that is lengthy. Genuine conviction of sin is evidenced by a sincere, specific, and brief confession of sin, without any reference to circumstances or the participation of anyone else. When I sin, I am responsible for my sin, and the cause of my sin is always within my heart and never lies outside my heart.”
To quote my Church History professor: “whoooooooooooooooo” [as said in a drawn out fashion, in result of something powerfully said. You might want to add a dance here too, just to add emphasis].
Are you confessing your sin? Or requesting understanding? Unfortunately, I do way to much of the latter. Thanks C.J.