Tuesday, February 2, 2021

On Overcoming Christian Shame: Standing Boldly for the Gospel

Since its earliest days, Christianity has been the object of ridicule and debate. The actions of those who called themselves Christians did not help with the world’s view of Christianity. History tells us of the Inquisition and past religious corruption all in the name of Christianity.

Today, we see this trend of those associated with Christianity misrepresenting the name of Christ. Because of this, many are ashamed to call themselves Christians because of negative perceptions. Are you committed to Christ and willing to be identified with the faith? However, Christians have to take the same sentiment as Paul.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (KJV)

Christians have been accused of being hypocrites, bible thumpers, spiritual elitists, and the like. However, anyone that is a true Christian understands these things not to be true. True Christians do not hate the Jews or any other religious group.

True Christians do not hate individuals involved in alternative lifestyles or those who engage in practices deemed immoral by the Bible. Christians, however, do understand that God loved man enough to provide salvation from their sins (in all its forms).

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (KJV)

Though some ‘Christians’ misrepresent the faith, we cannot back down from the truth: There is sin in the world. God does oppose sins. He offers forgiveness and deliverance from sin through Christ.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

In addition, those that come to Him must reflect Him in their lives; demonstrating His love and character. Please do not be ashamed of God and your relationship with Him though Christ. Stay committed. Why? He is not ashamed of you. He has loved you unconditionally. He will be with you always.

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