Confession: Good or Bad?
I just finished watching David Letterman on msn.com. During his show, David told his viewing audience that a man was wanting to write a screenplay about David Letterman's life. The man went on to say that he was going to include details about "all the bad things David had done in his life" unless the screenplay writer was given $2 million. This author did have incriminating information and proof about his lifestyle choices such as sleeping with women staff members. Eventually he was found guilty by a grand jury of extortion and was recently arrested.
What struck me was how the audience laughed, clapped and cheered when he confessed that he had slept with staff members. That seemed really weird. The audience seemed so flippant and nonchalant.
I was also surprised to hear the Today show experts question if David Letterman's confession was the right thing to do or not. Was it a good "pre-emptive strike" or was it "too much unnecessary information" that could get him in trouble. Besides, they said, he wasn't married when he slept with his employees.
Our church is doing a church wide study on the life of David. After watching and reading about David Letterman' confession, I couldn't help but think of King David's confession in Psalm 51.
I encourage you to read the Psalm yourself. Here are some excerpts from the Psalm that struck me.
v. 4 Against you and you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
v. 6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts and teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
v. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
v. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners wiill turn back to you.
v. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Confession is to be good for the soul, not a premptive strike against public opinion.