David confesses that he sinned against God and God only but is that true? Yes, he sinned against God, but it seems to me that this confession is incomplete. Confessing his sin against God is the right thing to do but what about his sin against Bathsheba? Did she really have choice in resisting the king? David was in a position of power over her and her husband was away on the battlefield. The definition of sexual harassment is “uninvited behavior of a sexual nature especially by a person in authority”. Many women in the current “Me Too” movement have reported that men in authority over them pressured them into a sexual relationship and they felt they could not say no because he was in a position of power over them. Could Bathsheba have told the king no? I think not.
What about his sin against Uriah? He obediently went to the front lines of battle for his king and was killed for his loyalty. A deeper confession could have included the consequences of his sin in the lives of other people. Perhaps David should have confessed that he sinned against innocent subjects of his kingdom. He sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah by taking advantage of them with his power over them. He robbed them of their marriage and the potential to be parents together. Was he sorry for what he had done to them or just sorry that he had disobeyed God?
Go all the way when you confess your sin. Acknowledge the consequences that your sin has had in the lives of other people and experience God’s forgiveness more profoundly.
Rev. Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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