What are we ashamed of?

Posted: 10/06/2009 in Devotion
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One day this week, one of the students that falls under my care said something that made me begin to think of priorities. He mentioned that it seems like everyone is reading Ted Dekker. That there were a lot of his books in the bunkhouse.

That got me thinking that he was right. Now I am for a good read and Ted is certainly that. But as this is a Christian program that I work at I started to think of the spiritual side of what he just said. We have many books here for the guys to read as well as the Bible. But where is our focus?

We can go to work and stand for hours doing our job. We can read a 400 page book in a few days. We can talk about things on end. We can spend all day at a sporting event. And so on. But where is our focus? As christians?

If we can stand for hours at work, why do we have a problem standing for a few minutes during praise and worship? If we can read a large book, why do we have trouble reading the Bible? If we can spend all day talking about other things or at a sporting event, why do we have a problem talking about our faith?

We can do almost anything or talk about anything that does not apply to God. Why? Are we ashamed of who He is? What we are supposed to be? We can fired up about our favorite ball team. But we avoid anything that has to do with what we claim to be on Sunday or whatever day you worship. What is it that makes God so unpopular to talk about?

There can be many reasons and there are. But I believe that for the most part it is because we want to be accepted. We don’t want to be seen as fanatics. Or close minded. Or hateful.

On Elyon’s Circle there was, recently, a discussion that centered around this topic. The thread dealt with what our role is as Christians compared to the definition of the word as it today. We are finding that we have to do things a little differently in order to be a witness for Christ. And that is hard to do when the definition does not paint Christianity in a good light. At least in the minds of those that to watch us.

We have also been told that we need to quiet. We are to be seen and not heard. At least our faith in any case. We become ashamed of who we are. Which is a very dangerous place to be. Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26 say almost the same thing. That if anyone is ashamed of Christ and His gospel, He will be ashamed of them.

Mark 8:38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Do we want the one person who gave his life for us to be ashamed of us? Do we really want to see him turn his head away from us when we get to heaven? Do we want to hear, “Who are you?”

Paul told Timothy, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,”

But that is how many of act. We act like we are ashamed of him. We hide behind jokes. We hem and haw. We make flippant comments.

The same energy we put into other things we need to use for God. Actually we should be giving more. Jesus said that we are to give God everything we have. Nothing less. Yet we continuously give Him less than he deserves. We need to begin to get our priorities straight as Christians and see things from a different perspective.

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