That's a Shame

Written by Anthony Douglas on 11 March 2018.

ShameI don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but society in recent times has become quite shameful - but not in the way you think I mean. Sure, we can make observations about some of the despicable ways that individual people have behaved, and we can protest against government policies or social opinions, but it’s about more than this.

When I say we’ve become shameful, it’s because we are far more willing to shame people. It used to be that those caught doing wrong would be convicted in the courts and sentenced appropriately. Now, however, all that is preceded by a public humiliation in newspapers, radio shows, TV reports, and most importantly, online.

Whether it’s Barnaby, or Warner, or another Hollywood big shot, the pattern is the same. It’s not sufficient for a single representative of society - a judge - to pass sentence. Now we must all do it, preferably as loudly and publicly as possible.

It’s a trend my Bible study group were thinking about this week. We are used to thinking about sin and guilt, forgiveness and innocence, but perhaps it’s time to start also thinking about questions of shame and honour as we reach out to our world. So let me get you started:

‘Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:2)

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