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The Blacklist

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mar Twain

Though I may be late to the party, my new favorite TV show is The Blacklist. Starring James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, it is filled with suspense, espionage, and even humor. Reddington, a wanted fugitive, turns himself in to the FBI and helps track down some of the world’s most dangerous criminals.

In a recent episode, Reddington finds himself in Uzbekistan. A leaking pipeline has infiltrated the water supply and innocent civilians have been poisoned. While countless twists and turns occur throughout the show, I clearly remember one specific statement from Reddington. In an effort to gain information from the man responsible for killing hundreds of people, he says, “It’s the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”

Confession in exchange for absolution. It is truly that simple. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Proverbs 28:13 states, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Psalm 32:5 reads, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

I would not model my behavior after Raymond Reddington, but here, he speaks the truth.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 ESV

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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