The Cover up
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:9)
Something was wrong at school. Very wrong. It was only the bravery of Andrew that
finally brought resolution. Of course, he was that same person who actually caused the situation
in the first place. Nevertheless, he snapped into action, mustered up no small amount
of courage and, yes, he CLEANED OUT HIS LOCKER!
People teared up as they walked by. It wasn’t emotion over his bravery. It was some
sort of gray fog that was looming over the locker. The stench was causing the paint to
The cleaning process was an adventure- maybe it was more of an excavation. No,
excavation isn’t a strong enough word either. It was more like a hostile confrontation. He
might have been better prepared for the battle if it were a military school locker. Still, I
think we’d all be pretty amazed, if not thoroughly grossed out, at the spoils of war a 9th
grader can acquire when he resolves to clean his locker. “So there’s that Government report.”
“Hey, I remember when these shoes fit!”
Andrew continued the onslaught on his locker until he finally sniffed out the enemy.
He found it sandwiched between a couple of stiff, brown socks. (Hey, wait a minute! I only
buy him white socks). It was one of those frozen pocket sandwiches. Needless to say, it was
no longer frozen. It’s safe to say that it was no longer a sandwich either. It was green and
purple and slimy- the part that was still there, that is. Half of it was gone-even though he
hadn’t ever eaten any of it.
Once he peeled away the socks, the stench moved the battle into more of a chemical
warfare mode. Even after Andrew hauled off the slime pocket, the stench didn’t seem to
understand that its instigator was gone. The gray fog still loomed. So Andrew fought the
chemical battle the way most 9th grade guys fight the battle- something like Mold-zilla
meets High Karate Kid.
Isn’t that how we treat sin sometimes? We ignore it until it just won’t be ignored
anymore. And then we try to cover it over by “over-cologning” it. We excuse it as a little
boo-boo, an error in judgment, or “just part of my personality.” What we really need to do
is recognize that stench for what it is: sin. Then we need to hose out the locker of our lives
and start fresh.
Jesus is the only one who can clean up the stench. “If we confess our sins, he is
faithful to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Yes, HE
can purify even the stuff we’ve left growing all semester.
Covering over our sin gets us nowhere. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who conceals his sins
does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” He finds mercy.
In some analogies, he may even find a science project.