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A lot of us have been comforted by 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." All of us have sinned (Romans 3:23) and aren't we glad when it isn't described on the world-wide web. I'm not sure why God doesn't rank big sins and little sins - but he doesn't. He defines sin as whatever we do that separates us from him. And that, by the way, is why he hates our sin. There is nothing God wants more than for you to be in a strong, loving relationship with him. That is why the Bible describes him as a jealous God.
John Edwards' sin isn't new. We all know the infamous story of King David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). I don't know anyone who considers "Bathsheba" when naming their baby girl! But we still name our sons "David." Personally, I think we may have missed the point! God redeemed them both - but do we forgive what God does?
Was John Edwards' affair a sin or a crime? God doesn't differentiate. John Edwards' affair broke his relationship with his wife, his children, his friends and his country. No matter what the courts decide, that will remain true. The most damaging consequence is that it broke his relationship with God. People don't forgive like God does, so Edwards will probably live the rest of his life on earth, affected by his damaged relationships. God does forgive, forget and restore. John Edwards can live the rest of his life on earth, free or in prison, with the knowledge that even his most scarlet sins can be white as snow (Isaiah 1:18) in the eyes of God. The courts decision doesn't matter in the long run . . . I hope and pray that he will plead with God for his forgiveness and vindication.
I'm not suggesting that you should name your daughter Bathsheba, but realize you could. If the subject of the John Edward's trial comes up today, consider it a chance to speak about God's forgiveness. I hope Quinn studies 2 Samuel 11 someday. David and Bathsheba had a son. We call him King Solomon. Is it a sin or a crime? That really isn't what should matter most.