Russell Moore has a great post about what David Letterman can teach us about the gospel. In case you missed it, Letterman admitted on his show last Thursday that he was the victim of extortion, that he had numerous affairs with people on staff of the Late Show, and someone had found him out. That person was blackmailing Letterman in order to keep quiet.
Here’s a part of what Russell pointed out:
The power the blackmailer had over the comedian was in the truthfulness of his accusations, and in the cold, rational evidence he had for each of his charges.
You and I once felt a deeper, more primal blackmail, and it scared us to the core. In fact, we often still do. Now, for most of us, it’s not the same kind of transgression or the same type of discovery. But we’re blackmailed just as surely, in fact even more so.
The scripture says that Satan’s reign over this present order is by holding us captive through the slavery of the “fear of death” (Heb. 2:15). And why are all humans afraid of death? Because, like Letterman’s letter in the back of the car, our conscience is pointing us to judgment, with a “black box” of evidence of our guilt (Rom. 2:15-16).
That’s why the gospel is such good news for blackmailed creepy people like us…