Like A Virgin Soap (No Shame)

OKAY-It’s possible something was lost in translation on this cosmetic.

Perhaps white or pure was translated as “virginity”. Maybe the English word “virginal” threw off the dictionary. You might have a better guess than me.

This so-called “skin-whitening” soap is supposed to make the skin inviting to touch, so it actually, um. maybe it could end virginity.

But I wonder if the idea of purity, cleansing, and ridding us of our shame is so wrapped up together, that longing for a kind of “virginity soap” isn’t all that big of a stretch.

On some level, doesn’t everyone want a second chance?

Doesn’t everyone want their sin to be “washed away”?

Do you have a memory you wish you didn’t have, or a past sin that plagues you?

Christianity has promised this same thing with “Jesus Soap” for quite a while now. But is it that simple? And, do we co-opt with the renewing power of the Holy Spirit enough to live in a “washed clean” kind of way?

The spiritual discipline of confession works a bit like “virginity soap”. It is an imperative to confess and turn away from sins. And we are told to confess to each other. It gives us a real life engagement with grace, via the willing and trusting ear of another.

Do you have a confessor to whom you can confess your shame? If not, why? Do you think it would help you?

Thanks for you thoughts on this.


3 responses to “Like A Virgin Soap (No Shame)

  1. Dan Masshardt

    My friend is a priest. I asked him if he had do confess. He said yes, emphatically.

    Confession is good. I dint have anybody I confess to regularly, but should and would like to.

    I am upset with every sin that I’ve committed but since our culture accepts almost everything, it’s hard to really feel shame.

    Jesus didn’t just wash us. He took our sin upon himself.

    Next you should do a post about whether God actually forgets our sins, a popular Christian thing to say.

    • Well put, Dan.

      Maybe we should both find Confessors.

      Dr Dorsey says it’s not really forgotten, but it’s put away, where he can’t “see it”… “in the small of his back”… (literal, -word-for-word- interpretation).
      What do you think about that?

  2. Dan Masshardt

    Another thing about confession is that most of us can probably confess past sins, but what about current sins / struggles? Most of us acknowledge that we still sin, but try asking a Christian what they are dealing with now.

    That seems about right about forgetting. I like 2 Corinth 5 – not counting out sins against us. When we forgive one another it would be foolish to think that we forget the offense but to forgive is to no longer hold that sin against the other person.