Afraid to Come Clean

William Cowper begins his famous hymn “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” with the words, “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.” This week I’ve realized something about my two toddlers that I think applies to people in general. What I’ve realized is that they have an aversion to coming clean. To elaborate the normal routine for a diaper change is first to track down the culprit creating noxious fumes, second comes the high speed chase through the house, and finally when the criminal toddler is cornered comes the screams of denial and usually accusations of the other sibling. For some strange reason they don’t want to be in a clean diaper. They don’t want to be clean. Jesus promises us in the gospel cleansing and forgiveness. In 1 John 1:9 we are told “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We don’t want to be clean. For some reason either because of our pride, shame, or love of darkness we run from the light when cleanness is promised. There’s joy in being made clean though C.S. Lewis in The Voyage of the Dawntreader illustrates this through Eustace who is cleansed of his dragon scales. Eustace describes his experience:

The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart.
And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt.
The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off. . . .

Sin stinks worse then a dirty diaper, sin will drive others away from you quicker then a soiled diaper, cuteness can make the stink of a diaper a little more bearable, there’s nothing cute about sin. The question for you is what makes you afraid of coming clean?

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