The sin was vile, and everyone knew about it. A trust betrayed. And there was behind the scenes wrangling... and finally, he was called on it.
And so Nathan looked at David, told him that he was the man who deserved death. Temporal consequences would come - even a son would die (how do you like those apples). And then Nathan told David that he would now need to be silent and fade into obscurity... wait.
No. That's not what happened.
Then David went and wrote, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Psalm 51. One of the most beautiful Psalms ever. An offertory, part of Matins. Oh Lord, open my lips. Create in me a clean heart, O God!
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I don't know this Tullian fellow from Adam. Frankly - I'm not his Pastor, and I'm not even in his denomimation - so I've got no business really commenting on what he did. (BUT THE SIN WAS PUBLIC!! No, the sin was revealed publicly... and unless we have a bunch of people saying, "Well, now we can go sleep around" there's nothing much really to teach on or warn folks about with that sin... is there?)
But I can comment on what I have seen from Lutherans - the idea that now that he has fallen and resigned, he must be silent.
Think on that. He must be silent.
Jesus rebukes the winds and waves, orders them to be silent, orders them to be muzzled.
Why do we want this for Tullian?
If he's preaching false doctrine, by all means, let him be silent. For his own health and well being - grow, tend to your family, work stuff out. But... be silent? Forever?
Oh Lord, open my lips. Create in me a clean heart. Take not Thy Holy Spirit from me!
I just don't know what folks are thinking - I don't understand what we Lutherans think is our end game, our goal. Is it not forgiveness? Is it not restoration? Be merciful as Your Heavenly Father is merciful -- and check the Greek on that, folks... it's not just normal mercy, but it's the full compassionate mercy.
Are you showing compassion -- is your call for him to be silent out of love for him and his wife... or are you with glee glad that someone who said things you didn't like can be forced to be shut up by shame?
Are you happily wringing your hands over how terrible this, or do you pray for mercy and forgiveness? The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart O God, You will not despise.
Do you want him to be silent because you despise him?
I don't know him from Adam - I hope he and his wife heal. God grant peace to them. And if the Lord opens his mouth, and he can speak with hard earned wisdom about the dangers of sin and power of God's love and mercy in Christ Jesus - well, that will be a happy day.
Unless you think Psalm 51 was just a horrid mistake on God's part.