Picture this. I am 11 years old. I go to a small private Christian school that threw parties for sixth grade graduations at the time. I am in a limo with my 11 classmates and the girl that I had liked for three years was in the arms of another man(At least that is how it felt at that time, in reality all 11 year olds are kids, but I didn't know that at the time) What did I do? Yep. You guessed it. I let out my inner sissy and balled like a baby. It was the most embarrassing experience of my life. Here is the even more embarrassing part. Another girl in the class felt sorry for me and decided to "go out" with me. It wasn't until several weeks later that I realized our relationship was a sham. Come to think of it, that was a really nice gesture on her part.
Why am I telling this to you? Well, apparently, confession is the "in" thing right now. All over the country, people are sharing their embarrassing stories through websites, blogs,coffee-houses, and various other venues. I've seen it on the Today Show and read about it in Newsweek. Everyone is telling their secrets. The question is-why?
Well, I can tell you one reason-it's Biblical. The Bible says that Christians should, "Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." It seems that the secular world is catching up to what the Bible has been saying all along. We live in an age where people say, "I'm a spiritual person, but I don't believe in institutional religion." My response is -why not? None of us were created for isolation and all of us need to have people around us who love us and will not judge us for who we are and what we have done. If the Church really is an institution of redeemed sinners, what better place could there be to bare your soul? At least, that is how things should be. Let's give the world a run for its money. Confession time!