The past is the past, but he dated his sister
Should we forget our past? Have you heard people say, “the past is the past,” meaning, I don’t want to talk about it or revisit it. A man asked his mother who was his biological father after learning the name placed on his birth certificate wasn’t his biological father? He met his birth father in his thirties. The irony of it all, he had visited his birth father at a young age with another family member who knew he was his biological father, but never told him. When he asked his mother was he the biological father, she said these words, “The past is the past.” He told his mother, “I refuse to leave your presence until you tell me the truth.” The argument continued and the man would not give up until the mother admitted the man’s house he had visited as a young child with a family member was his biological father. Prior to the man confronting his mother, his half-sister told him the same man was her biological father. The man realized at that moment he and the half-sister had dated during junior high school not knowing they were half brother and sister. Sometimes our past can be hurtful and devastating. Sometimes we have to rehash our past to heal…sometimes we have to reminisce our past to recognize past, presence, and future natural and spiritual growth. Unfortunately, the man’s past was a contributor to his mental illness and demise. There are many secrets within families and friends. The secrets taunt them for a lifetime and are contributors that stunt their maturity. Paul often rehashed or reminisce his past life prior to his conversion. He was humbled by the experiences he had with Jesus, and he used it as an analogy or testament of the mercies of Jesus. I not saying tell everything, no, but share those things which you are comfortable and the process you went through to become the person you are today. Would life have been different if the man would have known his biological father when he was young?
Jesus told His disciples to be on guard against the Pharisees persuasive, corruption, influence and teachings, He continues saying this, “But there is nothing [so carefully] concealed that it will not be revealed, nor so hidden that it will not be made known. For that reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops,” (Luke 12:2,3).
The mother probably never thought she would face the secret she had held for many years. She tried persuading and influencing her son that her corrupt past was the past.