Shame is universal. It isn’t a gender thing. All humans born of Adam are conceived and born in sin. Sin generates shame. Adam and Eve knew that they were naked.
Seeking to cover up that nakedness is also universal. We blame others. We attack ourselves. We sew all sorts of fig leaves and hide in all sorts of bushes to seek to cover our shame.
Shame isn’t an emotion. Shame is the fear that there is a standard to which you don’t measure up.
Sin misdirects our shame. We seek to meet different standards to cover our shame and continually miss the mark.
We cover our shame by destroying what we perceive to be the threat.
We cover our shame by boasting, by our feats of manliness, by works of charity, by taking a gun, by reviling others, by ranting on social media, by storming the capitol, … the examples are as varied as humans are varied…
Covering shame is universal, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Shame can only be covered one way: Come out of the bushes and stand naked before God and wait for him to clothe you (Please read Genesis 3).
We “come out of the bushes” by acknowledging our sin and shame before God without excuse.
We stand naked by acknowledging our sin without excuse, without shifting the blame on how she was dressed, how drunk you were, how someone incited you, how “the woman gave to me, and I did eat…” Standing naked means saying “Lord, have mercy upon me. A sinner.”
Waiting for God to clothe you is to receive the perfect righteousness, satisfaction and holiness of Christ which only comes as a free gift. It is never earned. It is always free. It is given to all who ask for it.
The call of the gospel is “Where are you?” We come out of hiding. We stand naked before God trembling and afraid. And we receive the perfect clothing of the righteousness and satisfaction of Jesus Christ. This is the gospel. There is no other.
Whenever a pastor teaches that shame can be covered in any other way, he has failed to grasp the power of the gospel.
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I remember I was told, “If you don’t talk about it you’ll forget it and it will go away…” Really? Never did until Jesus. Jesus let me talk about it and took the burden. Truth restores reality. Instead of being used to harm me it became a tool to help others and me!! Praise God!
That’s terrible counsel. I’m sorry for it.
Christ came to bring light. I’m glad you found your voice