Recent increase in secret confession type stuff means something

Over the past year or two I have noticed a steady increase in websites and videos like…

postsecret.blogspot.com

and

(some strong language)

As one looks and listens through these various confessions, some are shocking revelations, some are quite funny, some are proud.

Why do people feel that they need to get such things off their chests? As humans, why can’t we just keep things to ourselves? Why, when someone tells us a secret do we often find it impossible to keep it in? Why are we often plagued with guilt about things? Why do things we did years and years ago, which seem to mean nothing to us or anyone, all of a sudden flood back into our minds and bother us?

In the Bible, Psalm 32 sheds some light on this whole subject.

David writes that,

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.  For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

David was obviously deeply troubled by guilt, as we all are. What an accurate description we have in the Psalm of the heaviness and pressure our own guilt puts on us.

The weight on Christians back in John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress is a great illustration of the pressure sin puts on us.

The weight on Christian’s back in John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress is a great illustration of the pressure sin puts on us.

But he goes on…

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD “—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

So how can we get this forgiveness? David continues…

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.  You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.

These websites and videos are on their way to the right idea. Confession and telling of secrets is what is needed, and it is clear that people will indeed get closure from telling their secrets. But I guarantee that the guilt will not go if the confession ends there. We are creatures designed with consciences. Only God can take that burden from us, through Jesus. God is holy, we are not, no one is sinless.

But…

God became man; Jesus. He became a human and came to this earth, he was tempted and tried, but did not sin! He was killed as an innocent human,

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

I was thinking, the most normal thing to do would be to pray to God, just to talk out loud to him or in our heads, and he will hear us. But God sees us as well as hears us. If we felt more comfortable, just to write a letter or a postcard, God will see. No one else has to see it, just you and God. Personally I find talking a lot easier but however you choose to ask God, don’t let this pass you by.

P.S. Notice that no where in the Bible does it say that we must confess to a Priest our sins. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man.

Here’s an interesting one:

Album Review: Bloc Party – Intimacy

The imaginative album cover

The imaginative album cover

You know when you have a favourite favourite band? And you know that anything they release you’ll like however bad it is. A bit like most of the UK with Oasis, but that’s by the by. When Bloc Party released their follow up to Silent Alarm — A Weekend in the City –– it really was good. Well, the first few tracks were, then it died a bit. It was too lyrically heavy and too moany and too repetitive.

So here we are(gettit?) faced with the prospect of Bloc‘s third attempt. I was already expecting great things when the single Flux was released as a stand-alone single. This was not the Bloc Party we once knew, there was a definite Electronica/Dance influence. Then came the pre-release single, Mercury. It was now clear that there was some sort of Grime/Dubstep or even BigBeat influence. But it was good!

When they announced the release of this album, 3 days before its release, I was jumping for joy (literally). It arrived through my e-postbox and I downloaded it; eagerly anticipating… something.

The album opens with Ares the type of track every teenager wants to play turned up to 11 so that their parents tell them to “turn that racket off!” Yes, I can imagine a lot of people do not appreciate this genre of racket but I really do. Kele seems to have ditched the gloom he had acquired for Weekend and has a newly found taste for satire and charisma. It’s a war anthem, and it’s chaotically fabulous.

But have no fear! It’s not like the old Bloc we all know and love has disappeared, Lunoesque track; Halo along withTrojan Horse and One Month Off  posses aspects of Silent Alarm’s floor-filling, guitar filled beauty. And then the soundscapes of Weekend can be heard in tracks like Biko and Signs.

So what does front man Mr. Kele Okere make of the album? He has said that this is his “break-up” album and many of the songs concern a break-up he endured at the end of 2007 (awwww). He has also said he wanted to create songs that would make you want to move on a dancefloor, rather than music you want to sit down and immerse yourself in. Well I felt that in fact I did want to immerse myself in the music, but in the context of a dancefloor.

Fear, aspiration, need and irritation stutter throughout the appropiately titled album and are well typified by lots of precisely meddled and layered vocals, stilted, broken beats and beautifully crashing finales.

Anyway, difficult descriptions aside. I love this album, it sounds good in my ears, and that’s why you should buy it, or at the very least buy it in October when the physical album is released or at the very very least listen to some of the tracks on their myspace. Or you could just not bother.

Affianced!?

 

An artistic representation of the proposal.

An artistic representation of the proposal.

Yes, you read it right. At around 9:30 PM on Thursday (21st of August 2008.) I, Rhodri Tomos Brady asked Sibyl Harriet Cooke Steed to be my wife.

We have known each other for over four years and as mentioned have been rather closer for two of them. We felt the time was right, and after much prayer and discussion over the past year or so; I got down on one knee and popped the question! (Might I add, she did say yes!)

Now comes the twist

On Friday, Sibyl left for her ‘Gap-Year’ travels, and as we speak she is in Vietnam, where she will have the joy of teaching children English for the next five months. THEN she is traveling around various different countries for another 5 months!

ARRGH!

It’s excruciatingly hard, but we both have God as our strength.

Oh it’s soooo cool calling her my fiancée. :-D

Oh yeah and the ring! What a wonderful tradition we have in this country; its thought to have been started by the Romans, who believed this finger to be the beginning of the vena amoris (“vein of love”), the vein that leads to the heart.

Awwwwwww.

yeah, you spotted right - 18 carat and a top notch diamond ;-)

Yeah, you spotted right; 18 carat and a top notch diamond. Oooh!

Blewogites, come out of your holes for a new era.

Blewogites, I know you have been checking this blog every hour of every day for almost a month. Yet have been left disappointed. Today is the day that your Blewogometers can return to 1000!

I have had an eventful few weeks. One week I was on a CCIW camp in Barmouth, the next week was packed full of other things not worth going into then came the EMW Aberystwyth Conference then my beloved laptop got stolen.

Things that I have learneded:

  1. I actually do enjoy camping and meeting lots of amazing Christians from all over the England and Wales.
  2. Art Azurdia III is actually a real person and is actually an inspiring preacher, cultural anorexia and
    The physical and vocal likeness was uncanny.

    The physical and vocal likeness was uncanny.

    obesity are truly huge issues in the reformed christian world. Even though Kermit the frog sprung to mind at a few moments.

  3. Stuart Olyott is most definitely one of the top 5 living preachers alive today.
  4. Whilst having an almost near death experience when naughty teenagers with knives went through my stuff and took some of it; this verse was very much relevant:

    Matthew 6:19-21 (New International Version)

    19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  5. Bloc Party are the best.

Apologies for the rushed post – just felt it was needed. Please comment.