Shame on me
I was talking with my friend, Kathy Sprinkle, this morning and I joked with her as I have with a few friends in the last month and said…I have heard the words “Shame on You” more in the last few months from “Christians” than I have in my entire life…all I had to do was to make a movie in the hopes to point people to Jesus and His Love.
And she said the most beautiful and truthful reminder. “There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus.” Oh Yeah, well tell that to Suzie, Phil, Sarah, and Ben (Names have been changed for their protection;-)
Trust me, there are plenty of skeletons in my closet that are much deserving of someone to say, “Shame on you.” And no one knows this more than God himself, and yet the simple, yet earth-shattering Giver of grace is here to say…”No, not with me, not in me…there is no condemnation in me.” Man I love that. Apart from HIM there is, with HIM there isn’t. Not that I, you, or anyone else isn’t deserving to be shamed on, but because of the love, grace, and forgiveness Jesus has given me through his atoning sacrifice on the cross and continual affection for me out of his character of perfect holiness – — there isn’t.
Hmmmm. Then how come I run into so many Christians who are so quick to draw their pistol from their “belt of self-righteousness” and say “Shame on you.”
Let’s say (and I do at times…sometimes more than “at times”) I do shameful things, why is the beautiful gospel of Jesus not preached from their lips to simply say “God loves you friend. Come home to HIM” . No instead I get “Shame on you.”
I often think of the scripture where Christ talks about how the world will hate you because of ME. But why do we often experience that hate more from Religious types than people who don’t claim to be Christians? I’m not sure about that one. That’ll be on my list of questions to ask when I meet Jesus one day on the other side, but I do think he’s give me and you a clue…It’s found in the history books. The gospels. Yes he said that “the world will hate you because of me.” Yet look at his life. Who hated him the most. It wasn’t the pagans. It wasn’t the followers. It wasn’t the tax collectors or the whores. It wasn’t the sinners, they loved him, were drawn to him, woo’ed after him…nope! It was the religious. The RELIGIOUS hated him. Listen to Jesus, he speaks from experience.
Man I love Jesus. Not in a trite way. In a thankful way. May he have mercy on those that shame. May he forgive those that hate. And when I at times or more than at times am like them…shaming others and violently shaming myself…may he forgive me too, and not shame me, but woo me back to himself with his compassion.
So go out and Love God and love people, but be careful there our religious land-mines out there placed out there by the self-rightouess, but don’t stop…do it anyway…live dangerously…because just like Jesus said “I haven’t come for the healthy (the self-righteous) I’ve come for the sick (the poor in the spirit- those who know and accept that they are sick) because if you’re human… you are sick, you are in need, you are a ragamuffin. The reality is some know, and some don’t and or can’t accept their poverty of being human. And, yet there is still so much beauty in the poverty, the pain, the heart-ache. Bask in the good news of his love, because in HIM there is no shame.
David Leo Schultz