Representative Anthony Weiner finally admitted he sent the texts. As Susan Wise Bauer wrote at CNN’s Belief Blog, these scandals are far too predictable. Scandal hits, then denial, then irrefutable evidence, finally a suspicious emotional apology.
We shouldn’t be surprised. Humans sin. But as Bauer points out, it’s rarely called sin anymore. The apology offered by Representative Weiner is typical– “it was a mistake.” “It’s regrettable.”
But that’s not nearly enough. It’s sin, and only by understanding the gravity of sin are we led to repent. And only in repentance do we find redemption.
During the Tiger Woods scandals, Brit Hume of Fox News suggested if Tiger Woods wanted redemption, he needed to turn from Buddhism to Jesus. People were angry he said it, but he was right. In Buddhism, there’s no such thing as sin, thus no need for repentance, therefore no redemption. But that’s what we need most of all, and only Christianity offers it.