Story Changing | The Church’s Role | Ashamed
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16
Social media is flooded with evidences that—at least from behind our internet devices—we are not ashamed of the gospel.
-“I believe in Jesus. If you’re not ashamed of Him, repost this. I bet He won’t even get ten ‘Likes’.”
-“Ninety percent of you won’t share this picture of a cross, but the ones who love Jesus will.”
-“Here’s a sketch of a white, hippie-looking Jesus wearing a lamb-necklace. Type ‘Amen’ if you’re not ashamed of Him.”
Is that what it means to not be ashamed of the gospel? Hardly. In fact, we should be ashamed to cheapen the gospel with those silly memes. (Hint: Stop reposting and they will go away.) Cheesy memes aside, there are more subtle ways we indicate that we are ashamed of the gospel: 1) Professing to be a Christian but living like we’re not. 2) Refusing to agree with the Bible’s clear stance on moral issues, such as homosexuality or abortion. 3) Cheering for the idea that all faiths are equal and all lead to God. 4) Disavowing certain parts of scripture while claiming to believe the rest. 5) Redefining Jesus as a social reformer rather than the sinless, divine Son of God who came to die for us. 6) Claiming to love the Bible but remaining ignorant of what it says. 7) Neglecting to share the gospel when God clearly opens a door for it. Can you add to the list?
Final Thought: In what ways are you living as though you are ashamed of the gospel?
Prayer: Father, I never considered that I was living like I am ashamed of you and your word. But as I look at my life, I see areas that make it seem that I am. Forgive me and help me to live unashamed of your gospel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.