My Dirty Laundry Isn't That Dirty

My Dirty Laundry Isn't That Dirty June 4, 2013

Here’s a really good piece about people who ‘fess up to some wrongdoing, only to keep going and actually justify it. I’ve noticed that especially in the church culture today, when a person tries to cover something up, it seems that more blame is affixed to the cover-up than the actual sin itself. But what if someone “puts it all out there,” only to excuse it away as no big deal in the first place? Might this actually be worse than feeling ashamed and covering it up? Food for thought.

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  • Lydia

    I completely agree with the piece that there is an important difference between being brazen about one’s sin and confessing one’s sin. Confessing involves agreeing that one has done wrong and turning from it. Being brazen is being completely unrepentant and justifying what one has done or just laughing off condemnation. I thought his examples were a little odd. I mean, Abercrombie is so horrible, with naked models, soft-porn catalogs, and what-not, that it strikes me as almost laughable that their “sin” is that they aren’t interested in selling to fat people. Seriously? This company is part of the sexually explicit and degraded atmosphere of our entire country, to the point that one doesn’t even want to take one’s child to the mall lest he see nude or nearly nude gigantic pictures on the walls of their store, and what we’re worrying about whether they are “confessing” properly is their disdain for fat customers??? If that means the fat people aren’t being targeted by A & F, the fat people should consider that a blessing.
    The example of the woman brazenly admitting the sexual content of her books was a better example.
    My perception though is that these are all non-Christians in the examples. It would be even more interesting to analyze the phenomenon as it applies to Christians who make non-apology “apologies.” I think there are varieties of these non-apologies, too, and it would be interesting to discuss what makes some worse than others.

  • Well, there have been “Christians” who have been caught in sexual sin (or “come out”) but not been sorry for it. We could mention Mark Sanford’s unapologetic adultery, or the various people who’ve proudly embraced homosexuality.