PASTOR'S PEN: The issue of shame

Today it seems as though we have lost any shame concerning our sin.  We have not heard lately that God really hates sin.  We excuse it, compromise with it, tolerate it and enjoy it.  Where is our shame?

Our sin put Christ on the cross.  Where is our shame?  Why do we make excuses for our sin?  The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death," (Rom 6:23). This is serious.  We shouldn't play games with it.  Where is the shame today?

It's a shame how so many think about sexual life, for example. The word of God says, "But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart," (Matt.5:28). That is referring to your thought life.  Don't fall into sin.  We hear often from those who promote sex education. Does this encourage a drifting of the thoughts and desires? Where is the call for marriage education?  Sex is to be part of marriage only.  We should be promoting God's truth.   The Bible says, "To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband," (1Cor 7:2). What are you thinking about? Is it marriage?

Where is the shame?  Don't act like you have never heard of almighty God.  What does He want?  Maybe your attention.  Think about it.   Listen to Him.  In 2 Cor.10:5, it says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Where is the shame?  It is about time we begin to follow the directions of Christ. "Be ye holy for I am holy," (1 Pet.1:16). Try it before you knock it.

Plus, have you listened to the talk out there today?  Where is the shame?  The Bible says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers," (Eph. 4:29).

Corrupt means rotten or worthless. The text says ''no.'' We need not make a list of rotten language or worthless speech. Do we have to communicate on such a low level?   Where is the shame?   Please have mercy. Stop.  No toilet talk.  Get your mind out of the gutter and your talk above the garbage can.  Stop the gossip, the hateful insults, and the terrible attacks.  You can control what you say.  Can you please Christ in your speech?  What's acceptable in His sight?  Start to build up people in your speech. How about it!  Watch what you say. "Be ye kind one to another," (Eph.4:32).

How about this: think before you speak.  Try something new, think right and talk right.  Don't get used to corrupt communication. Don't excuse it, don't live with it, change it! "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God," (Eph.4:30). What brings grief to God? Men who live life without shame in their sin.  Don't die in your sin.  Come to Christ in faith.  God knows.

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," (Gen 6:5). Has our behavior stooped to that same chaos and confusion?  God give us your wisdom.

Prov. 20:1 says, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging:  and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Do you hear it?  There is a warning  in this verse out of the book of wisdom from God.  Maybe we should pay attention.  There are 75 warnings in the word of God concerning drunkenness.  What do you think He is saying? God is against it. Where is the shame?  "Wickedness" is the behavior God saw.  Have the thoughts of man brought the fruit of bad behavior?

"The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence," (Gen 6:11).  Then came the judgement of God. How long will it be to receive the judgement of God?  Where is the shame?  Can we repent before it's too late?

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance," (2 Pet.  3:9). The issue is sin.  Where is the shame?  What can we do about it?  Repent of our sin.  We need a miracle from God.  Christ came from eternity past, that's the miracle.  He came to sacrifice Himself for us.  His shed blood was the only payment acceptable to pay for our sin.  Where is our shame?  Are you forgiven?   Will you repent and trust Christ?  Paul told the jailer when he asked how to be saved, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved," (Acts 16:31). Victory in Jesus!  Don't wait!  Don't hesitate!  He loves you and is calling you right now.  Will you answer?