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Meditations by John Dean

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sin Has Lost Its Shame

(Zephaniah 3:5 NKJ) The Lord is righteous in her midst, He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, 
but the unjust knows no shame.

There is probably nothing more boring to a young person than listening to older folks as they have a “back in my day” conversation. Using their vernacular…“It’s not where it’s at.”
                                       
The fact is…from the beginning of time each generation has changed from the previous one. Generational changes are necessary and should be encouraged, otherwise progress would soon come to an end.

However, the key is to know what should be changed and what should remain constant. For example, methods should always be up for change, whereas one’s character should never be up for change...unless it is for the better.

Speaking of character, I do not believe the character of any generation has changed as dramatically as the character of this present generation. Even though this generation is probably smarter and more capable of accomplishing things than any previous generation, their morals are something to be concerned about.

I realize there are exceptions to every rule, but for the most part this generation seems to be oblivious to biblical morality…even in the church. Their display is an open defiance against God. I can understand this attitude in the world (because they do not have the same standards to follow), but I cannot understand it from those who claim to be Christians.

Having now made such an accusation, I think it is only fair to define what shame is in this regard. According to the dictionary “shame is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace.”
If these things do not exist, then neither do the boundaries exist that help one live a moral life. The only reason for one not to experience some measure of shame for their immorality is because they do not have the author of morality abiding in them…which is Jesus.

Perhaps this is what Paul meant in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 when he said these things would not only happen in the last days, but people would also have “a form of godliness but would deny the power thereof”.

I usually give a personal example at this point in my Meditations…however, today I am going to refrain. The reason being...my intent is to only point out the epidemic of immorality...not to cause shame and embarrassment to the innocent.
My desire is to issue a call to the praying people of the world to join together in prayer against this blight on human decency.

Father,
Convict us so that we may feel shame when we sin and yet know how much You love us. We want to feel shame when we sin, but we do not want to live as a shamed and unworthy person. Our desire is that our moral character exceeds our ability to change the world. Help us to see the value in the older folks as they share their “back in my day conversation” without feeling it is uncool and boring.

Amen

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