My name is Keith Giles. I love to write so that people can know Jesus and experience His life in their own.
So, I started this blog to help people understand who Jesus is, and how He reveals what the Father is really like.
This is a safe place to talk about all those questions you've had about the Bible, and Christianity. It's also a place to learn how to put the words of Jesus into practice.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I’ve noticed something lately that has been disturbing me.
Not that the behavior itself is anything new – it’s certainly not – but that I
am now beginning to notice it and react in a different way.
Whenever someone says or does something that the other
person finds objectionable, there is an automatic reply of “Shame on you!”
I used to write this off as simply one way to respond to
someone you disagree with. But lately I’ve started to realize that it’s quite
inappropriate. Especially from one Christian to another.
Jesus came to remove our shame. On the cross he took all of
our shame upon us. He suffered, bled and died to wash away all of our shame.
When it was all done, he threw back his head and shouted, “It is finished!”
Now, when another Christian expresses an opinion you
disagree with, is it appropriate to smear that shame back on them once again?
We are free from shame. We should not place shame back on
one another, nor should we allow another person to place shame back on our
shoulders now that Christ has washed us clean.
No shame on me. No shame on you. No shame on anyone.
There is no shame.
Just look at the way Jesus interacted with the people in his
day who were considered shameful and you’ll see that shame is not something
Jesus ever recognizes.
He sees no shame in the Samaritan woman at the well,
even though she had many husbands.
He sees no shame in the face of the woman
with the issue of blood who was too afraid to even approach him and ask for
He sees no shame in the Roman centurion who didn’t consider himself
worthy to come to Jesus in person when his servant was sick.
zealots, and prostitutes, and drunkards, and lepers, and everyone else whom
that society saw as shameful with complete dignity and respect and love.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are
in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives
life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
Disagree if you want. But do not attempt to put
shame on one another. Jesus washed that off long ago and we stand now as those who have been
made whole, and clean, and totally free.