Monday, August 22, 2005

Sin Exposed

I preached yesterday from II Samuel 11 & 12. I didn't really like my sermon. My dislike wasn't that I felt unprepared or that I thought my words could have been formed better or that I wished I could have been more mobile (though each of these is true). Rather, I didn't like what I did because I didn't like the topic.

I've only preached a handful of times thus far in my life (10-15 times?). Most of the time my topic has easily been centered around grace, love, etc. But I really felt led to stick to that which the story of Bathsheba does - sin. Sure, David turns away from his sin and is sorrowful (as in Psalms 32 & 51), but the text above is mainly regarding his sin, what he did to try and cover it up, and how badly it went for he and so many around him because of his sin.

I know it has to be preached sometimes, but I didn't like doing it.

Of note to me is the path by which David's sin went. He refused to acknowledge his sin until it was quite obvious that he was caught. I think perhaps it is a lot easier to acknowledge and therefore, turn from sin once it is known than it is otherwise. (Of course, we know and believe that God knows of sin the moment it happens, but we tend to forget this.)

I've heard Derek Webb say, "The greatest thing that could happen to me is for my sin to be exposed on the six o'clock news."

That rarely happens for the average person. Which makes me think as to why accountability is so important. When we "expose" our sins to at least one other person, it's probably easier to get over it than if we don't. Perhaps this is what James is saying and why he is saying it.

F&TC,
- J

2 comments:

  1. Like you, I believe the theme of each sermon I preach should be grace, faithfulness, and hope. But recently I preached on tithing. Like your sin sermon, I felt incredibly uncomfortable,and it showed. In fact, I thought I did so poorly that the next Sunday, I preached it again! This is EXTREMELY unusual for me - I usually stick to the RCL. I later found out that a newcomer to our church was asking why the only thing I every preach on is money! That's two sermons in four years, and it was still too much for some folks (probably myself included).

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  2. Oh, man, Dave. I hate the day when I preach that one.

    Thanks for understanding.

    F&TC,
    - J

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