There is a scene in the early part of the first Lord of the Rings movie where Gandalf is cautioning Frodo regarding the ring that Bilbo has left to him. Gandalf suspects that this ring is the “One Ring” that belonged to Sauron and therefore holds great danger to him. He tells him to “keep it secret; keep it safe.” This sounds like totally prudent advice. For a time, the “keep it secret; keep it safe” plan might work, but eventually the ring has to be destroyed in order to break its evil power once and for all.
I know that many have used the symbolism of the Lord of the Rings to make spiritual points before. I have no doubt that someone else has already drawn out the same conclusion I am going to make here. The way that Gandalf initially tries to handle the ring is very similar to how most of us seek to handle sin in our lives. We would prefer to keep it secret and hope that this will somehow keep us safe. Secret sin however is far from safe, it is a time-bomb that is waiting to go off and destroy the one who holds it quietly in hiding.
The news came down Sunday that a fellow blogger and one who interacts frequently over at another blog I read at was caught in sin. That which was thought to be secret and hidden had come out of the dark and into the light. In one sense, this is not a new story. It is a sad truth that has been repeated and will be seen again. We cannot hide sin. Trying to keep it secret will consume us and will leave us far from safe. At times like this, my mind often recalls a song from one of my favorite artists. A stark reminder that none of us are immune from the potential catastrophe of sin.
Do not seek to keep sin hidden thinking that it will be safe as long as it is unseen. Jesus cautioned His disciples that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. Just as Frodo had to take the ring out of hiding so that it could be destroyed, we too must bring sin into the light for its power to be broken. This is God’s promise.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned we make Him a liar and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10
From what I have gathered thus far, the person mentioned above is now beginning the road to restoration that follows confession, but real consequences still remain. They always do when we don’t destroy what was secret in the hopes that it will be safer that way. Please pray for this man and for those affected.