A sense of shame covers the world, but particularly the South. We feel we must be good people, conservative people, and church people. So when our private lives don't add up to what is publicly applauded we either hide or fake it - especially around those who love us the most like parents and pastors.
Our shame tells us that we must hide from God and others because of what we’ve done or what’s been done to us.
But you can’t hide anything from God. And hiding from others never ends. You’ll have to hide forever, making for yourself a cell and locking it with your own hand.
It’s not that sin isn’t shameful, it’s that the shame has been exposed.
Jesus brutal death shows us how bad we all really are. He died because of our sins. It's like we’re all the centurion that drove the spear through his side. We all know now we’re capable of the worst because, in one sense, we have all killed God.
He has, however, risen again without shame. When you called out to him for salvation, that was you admitting that you are shameful and at that moment your shame died as it can’t survive in the light of confession.
In the same moment that he saved you, he resurrected you to a new life with a new identity - righteous. Thus you don’t have to hide anything though we still struggle with sin. In fact, the book of Proverbs says the “righteous are as bold as a lion.”
We can admit our faults, pray for one another, and be healed as Jesus' brother James admonished us to do. We can grow in front of the eyes of God and others no matter how low we're starting or how slow we're going. There is no shame in Christ.
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