I will not be shamed for doing right! I will not allow this world; its politics, its culture, its standards of right (which are usually wrong), or its edicts to shame me from doing what is right.
I will not be “shamed” into NOT going to church. Everyone can make their decisions concerning safety – but I will not allow anyone to tell me that I should be ashamed for attending services at my local church. They say (these are things that have been said to me personally): “You are risking the lives of your people;” “…you are being bad testimony for Christians;” “Don’t you care about your people?” The greatest risk to lives is sin and unbelief. The greatest hope for people is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be a people that trust God and go forward together in the potentially dark days ahead. Jesus Christ gave His life for the church (all assembled visible local churches), I will not be shamed out of it. The church of the internet is not a church at all. While online services can help in times of crisis temporarily, the church must assemble to be a church or it will cease to exist.
I will not be “shamed” into wearing or not wearing a mask. Everyone must make their own decision concerning masks and to quit feeling shamed either way. If you want to wear one, go ahead. If you do not want to wear it, you are still my friend. If you feel the need to constantly clean your hands with sanitizer – do what you think is best. We should not shaming others for living as they see fit concerning a fast moving, rumor affected issue such as this. Either way, I will not be shamed by anyone to go against my own conscience in this.
I will not be “shamed” into making a statement about “black lives matter.” I am tired of people accusing others as to whether or not they support it and what they are doing about it. The New Testament church in its purist form loves all people and brings all people together under the banner of Jesus Christ and therefore makes us all brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible teaches in Galatians 2:6 & Colossians 3:11 that God is not a respecter of persons. He does delineates concerning race as we do today in the Word of God – we should not either. God loves all men and therefore all lives should matter to every Believer. Racism still exists – because man is sinful. The great hope concerning racism for all people is Jesus Christ and His church – not a political movement and certainly not the Marxist/Socialist movement guised under the umbrella of anti-racism.
I will not be “shamed” into justifying sin. As denominations continue their path into worldliness and men pleasing – God has called us to stand for and preach what is right. We should not allow social media, pop-culture, changing attitudes, close relatives, or our job prospects to change our message. We are not attacking any group, but sin is still sin. Consumption of intoxicating beverages is sin; abusing drugs outside of a doctor’s care (and even there we are still accountable) is also a sin. Homosexuality is still sin and the Bible never gives you an excuse for any kind of sexual deviance including sex before marriage and adultery. Cross dressing is a sin and confusion – right along with men calling themselves women and vice-versa.
Christian’s do not allow this world to cause you to feel shame over following God and being faithful to Him. Rather, be ashamed of your own sin, repent of it before God and forsake it every time it rears its ugly head. Be careful of the 24-hour new cycle and the constant barrage of messaging from social media and pop culture – 90% of it runs against what the Word of God teaches you. I believe that we need to set-up safeguard and standards to protect ourselves and to not follow anyone who posts or seeks to influence contrary to what a Believer ought to be.
- Pastor Mark Sage
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.