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Unashamed

Sun, Jan 28, 2018
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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” -- Romans 1:16–17 (ESV) Have you ever been ashamed of your faith? Maybe not outright shame, but maybe just a bit of hiding? Unwilling to mention it or make it an issue? Have you hoped that someone didn't bring up religion so you that you weren't obligated to enter the conversation? Did you feel guilty afterwards? We might be tempted to see this text as Paul's bold denunciation of us. The loud, ranting apologist telling us scrubs to get it together, but I believe that would be a mischaracterization. This declaration acknowledges the difficulty not with our feelings but with bold truth of the gospel. A gospel that justifies sinners and makes no sense to the wise. It calls us not to look at ourselves, but to the outrageous claims of the gospel to find pride.
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