“KINGS” – Old Wine in ‘New Skins’

It’s great when Bible stories are resurrected for our modern times to give us the due sense of Divine Presence in people or a nation’s life story. In a review of ‘Kings’ the new NBC show, there is a comment about David in this review. “With the biblical David — described in Scripture as “a man after God’s own heart,” even as he orders a man killed to cover up David’s affair with his wife — the show’s creators had to work hard to include his spirituality without letting the show lapse into another “sandals and sand” epic.”
No doubt, David was a man after God’s heart. And yet after his double sin of murder and adultery, and all the sins that one could possibly list, he was a repentant man, recognizing his folly as he pours forth his soul in Psalm 51, “Have mercy on me God in your kindness and in your compassion blot out my offense. Against Thee, Thee alone have I sinned: what is wrong in thy sight I have done…create in me a pure heart O Lord and put a steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, nor deprive me of thy Holy Spirit.” David offers a broken spirit and a contrite hears as a sacrifice that God will not spurn.
It’s more entertaining and dramatic to revel in the life of the sinner David than to focus on Penitent David—his future in terms of his seeking God’s mercy. Although I have not seen the show, if the glorification of sinful lifestyle of King David is alone the theme, they are mistaken, because David was a man of humble and contrite heart, who repented for his sins and reconciled himself with God. Divine forgiveness is total and even after his sins are revealed, God refers to David in the Old Testament as “My Servant David,” and not “the murderer and adulterer David.”
In this same review of “Kings,” there is also an implied reference about the sexuality of Jonathan and David. “The vivacious Jack is meant to represent David’s close friend, Jonathan, who the Bible says “loved (David) as his own soul.” In “Kings,” Jack is gay. Green said he doesn’t care whether David and Jonathan were secret gay lovers, as some believe; he just liked the added element of family tension over Jack’s sexuality. Certainly, poetic license cannot be unbridled to create confusion about characters in the Bible nor their interpretation to accommodate a popular opinion or to distort Biblical facts.
Sinfulness cannot be glorified and that is the reason for this season of Lent. Pondering on the one who atoned for our sins—the Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, through his passion, death and resurrection. It’s nice to think of “David the Sinner,” but how much more edifying to ponder on “David the Saint,” on the road to repentance and reconciliation with God.