Image Management and Confession
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” -Psalm 32:5 Dear Friends: As our country is ramping up for a presidential election later this year, we see and hear many campaign ads trying to capture our attention (and vote) by featuring candidates and their sound bites. Most everyone will admit there’s a fair amount of image management in the world of politics with TV ads, for example, showing a candidate’s family on a joyful picnic in the park, not the real world of loud arguments and icy silences that happen in many relationships. As Christians, we’re not immune to image management either. We can all likely remember a revelation shared within our church family that illustrated the hidden life of a brother or sister. And, moreover, who among us can’t recall a time when we’ve changed our behavior or hid our attitude before stepping into church or a gathering with other believers? God doesn’t ask us to make all of our shortcomings and sins public, but he does instruct us that we are not to hide our sin from him. The act of confession is key to an open and honest relationship with the Lord. We have the gift of forgiveness already, but the confession of our sins helps us move away from image management toward the truth about who we are: sinners redeemed by God. Furthermore, when we our cease image management and confess our sin to others we testify to the bountiful mercy of a God who set aside his own righteous image to bear our sinful image on a very public cross. Confession helps us become who we are called to be before the Lord – his witnesses. And when we’re fully present and honest with Jesus, we are most fully ourselves. Confessing not only our sin, but also Christ’s redemptive Lordship over our lives allows the fullness of this witness to naturally overflow into other parts of our lives. Confession, then, allows us to move beyond image management of election season into the Lenten season death to all false images and to the true hope of our glorious resurrection with Christ on Easter Sunday. Amen. This post is excerpted from our March prayer letter. To receive the prayer letter in your inbox, click on the button below. Subscribe! To the monthly prayer letter.