Christians, Are You Ashamed of Christ?   Leave a comment

All of us have heroes or heroines — people we would like to be like. Psychologists call this our self-ideal. It is our ideal self-portrait by which we measure ourselves. We feel shame when we fall sort of this model of heroism.

Ashamed to be a ChristianShame may involve public embarrassment, but even when it doesn’t, it always involves a painful loss of trust in oneself and with it a feeling of unacceptability.

The problem with this is that many modern Christians have our morals based in the Bible and our models defined by Hollywood. This leads us to a crossfire of self-rejection. If we do what is morally right, we feel ashamed of being “goody-goody”. If we do what might seem to be glorious and heroic, we would often violate God’s law and feel guilty. Our morals and our models are incompatible and we suffer for it.

Christians are “not guilty”. God forgave our sins because Jesus paid the price for our inequity. We are not really innocent in that we have broken moral rules, but we are acquitted based on the evidence being shielded from the Judge’s sight. God took care of our guilt so we don’t have to.

What about our shame? God is not ashamed of us. “There is therefore no more condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ …” (Romans 8:1). God not only acquitted us of our guilt, He adopted us into the family. He loves and accepts as we are. Clearly, Paul the apostle, guilty of the arrests and ultimate murders of Christians, understood that he had been forgiven and he felt no shame before God — though there are hints in his writings that not all Christians were as forgiving.

But how do you, 21st century Christian, feel about being identified with Him?

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