Everybody and his brother has commented on the Presidential debacle. I decided last week that I would add a few words from another more rare viewpoint. Those of you who read my articles know that my take on this sordid mess will be viewed from the Scripture. I do not look at it from the political/social/economic view which seems to be the prevailing view of our sick nation. My view is a Scriptural/moral view. I find it amazing that those who defended Bill Clinton vigorously for 7 months now want to forget it happened and "put it behind us and let him get on with what he was elected to do." Friends, we could have invested millions of dollars in a giant computer, programmed it to make presidential decisions after inputting all the information, and it surely would have done its duty without the embarrassment of immorality. However, we do not elect Presidents to "do" only. We elect them to "be". The cry, "Let the President get on with what he was elected to do" is not acceptable to those of us who expect him to "be". That brings me to this thought:
Washington has a way with words. In fact, Washington is about words. Our country is managed with words. Not only that, our nation is manipulated by words. Have you noticed the absence of Biblical words to describe the President's failure? The spin doctors grapple over words to say something without saying anything! Did the President confess to adultery? No! Did he confess to immorality? No! Did he confess to sin? No! Did he even say he had confessed to sin to God? No! Let me show you how Washington uses the weight of words:
We were told by the Associated Press that "Clinton, his wife, his lawyers and a few aides" toiled over his speech. We all know it was a speech. That was the main problem with it! It was not a confession born out of brokenness! So they toiled over the words. Here are the words coming out of Washington, including the liberal media:
- "I misled". Is there a difference between "misled" and "lied"?
- "I did have a relationship". Is there a difference between a relationship and immorality?
- What about "inappropriate" and "improper" used with relationship? When used with the word "relationship" it seems okay, but imagine using them with the word "adultery". There are times when a relationship is appropriate, but adultery is never proper or appropriate.
- What about the word "liaison"? Is it the same as "adultery"?
- What about his confession "wrong", "critical lapse", "personal failure"? Couldn't those words be covered in the word "SIN"?
Finally, it would not have "gone on too long, cost too much and hurt too many innocent people", if President Bill Clinton had been broken at the beginning and confessed to his great sin. David did after he was faced with his sin by the Prophet Nathan. Please read Psalm 51 to see what a true, brokenhearted, Biblical confession should be like. Friends, when one is truly broken over sin they will not try to use the weight of words to water down the truth.
(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the
prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.)
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.