I Am not Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is God’s own power for salvation to all who have faith in God, to the Jew first and also the Greek,” (Romans 1:17, CEB).  Being ashamed of the gospel is something that we must always be on guard against.  The word ashamed is defined by Webster’s Collegiate as, restrained by anticipation of  shame.”  In other words if we are not careful we will hold back when we are placed in situations were we are given the opportunity to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Think about this for a moment, when have we been in the presence of people who have spoken ill of others and have not witnessed our faith?  Do we speak for those who are marginalized in our society or do we merely look the other way?  I’m not talking about putting in a good word for someone or a group of people.  I’m talking about truly standing in the Gospel for others.  It’s learning how to frame our conversation with and about others in the love of Jesus Christ.  It’s learning to stand in solidarity with the least of those in our world.  It’s much more than just going to church and placing something in the offering plate.  It’s speaking up when no one else will.  It’s allowing the love of Jesus to permeate our lives.  It’s taking a stand for what is right when no one else will.  When we say or do nothing we are saying to the world that we are ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Living the Gospel will require that we stand up and say, “we are not ashamed.”

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