Pastor's Blog

June 9, 2017

After David’s infamous night with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah, there was only silence from his friends and counselors (2 Samuel 11).  For months, no one would tell David the simple truth.  No one had had the courage to confront him - that is until Nathan the prophet brings this message: “Why?  Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight?”  Then David, in one of the great understatements in Scripture, says, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Coming to terms with one’s sin requires the slow work of the Holy Spirit, but more often than not, it also requires one willing to speak the truth to us by that same Spirit.  Writing in the 1930’s, Reinhold Niebuhr perceived the incapability of individuals and nations to rid themselves completely of evil, but he did credit the religious spirit with a capacity for restraint and humility.  I found this quote in my copy of Niebuhr’s Moral Man & Immoral Society:

“The personality and the holiness o...

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