When caught in sin we have a choice about how to handle both the ensuing confrontation and the person who is confronting us.
Will we confess to what we’ve done, or defer to irresponsibility in hope of escape?
It seems that confession, while good for the soul, is very difficult to come by. Consider the public confession made by President Richard Nixon following the investigation into his role in the Watergate Scandal of 1974:
“I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the Nation.”
While Nixon’s appeal to nation’s best interest (his re-election) may be the most obvious piece of self-serving manipulation in the statement, the fact that he confesses to virtually nothing is the sign that even though convicted of breaking the law, he still saw himself as guiltless…
…because “Patriotism” made him do it.