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ASHAMED OR NOT ASHAMED

May 2, 2015

 

Text: “Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall  among those who fall; at the time that I shall punish them, they  shall fall, they shall  be overthrown,” says the Lord.  Jeremiah 6:15

Notice two things that are related by Jeremiah in this text. Men and women desensitize their hearts and minds  against their sins so that they disobey what is right, and continue their evil ways with no regrets. Second, those who ignore God’s laws and ignore their guilt also forget that they will be punished with all others who are impenitent. They even have forgotten how to blush!

The concepts of sin and shame came to mankind in their earliest history. After God had created Adam and Eve they existed in the garden of Eden without realizing shame. Genesis 2:25  Then came their disobedience by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Suddenly they became aware of shame in that they were naked. God said that Adam “…has become like one of us in knowing good and evil.”  Genesis 3:22  God gave us a sense of shame so that we could distinguish right from wrong. However, God also allowed man to have free will to choose right from wrong. To ignore the warnings of shame, to choose wrong over right, to dismiss the consequences of sin, is to bring upon oneself guilt and eternal punishment. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death passed unto all men because all men sinned…”   Romans 5:12 

So how do you regard shame when it convicts you of sin? With the guidelines God has given us to realize the border between sin and righteousness, how do you feel about shame? Do you listen to its admonitions; or find a way to rationalize?

For instance, do you laugh at sin ?  Some who commit sin laugh at what they have done to lighten its seriousness. They think that if it were no big thing others too will water down the guilt that is inherit in sin. What can be made humorous will loosen the way others think about it. Years ago the media began to  employ a literary device called “camp”. The aim of this ploy was to ridicule morals and righteousness. Television writers began to produce  scripts  that held morality and standards up to be  passé and backward in today’s world. The first tv show that made this evident was the “Batman” program of the 1960s. They made Batman into a prudish character whose behavior was to be scorned and abandoned. Guess what. It worked! Righteousness has been trampled. We must not depart from righteousness and embrace sin. “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9

So this begs the question, what is your relationship with sin?  Previous to your obedience to the gospel and having your sins washed away,  you were slaves of sin. Listen to Paul: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following in the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience…” Ephesians 2:1-2 But the death of Jesus changed that oppressive condition so that now we are servants of Christ! But now our servitude has changed and we are volunteers of service for Jesus. Jesus died for our sins and made us his willing slaves. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God…” Romans 6:22a  You are free to choose to serve God. It is told of an “old timey preacher” who was visited by a friend. The friend asked him, “How are you doing?” The preacher answered, “I am doing as I please, and I please to serve Jesus.”    Well said, to say the least! (Read Romans chapter six for some great insight into this.)

Heed the warnings of shame and conscience.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Psalms 51:1-2

REM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    I’m convinced that in our war with Satan the media has been co-opted as his agent, and they are doing a masterful job of perverting our culture into one that knows no moral bounds.

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