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. Romans 1:16
It is hard to speak boldly about something that we are ashamed of. I think if you asked Christians if they were ashamed of the Gospel the great majority would quickly answer no. Some would answer yes due to a liberal interpretation of Jesus. Most of these no longer believe in the resurrection and find those of us who do to be an embarrassment. Some, a very small number might realize that yes they do act like they are embarrassed.
Without thinking, I would have been in the first group. Of course I am not embarrassed, how could you ask such a question. Yet, if I look at my actions it would seem that yes in fact I am embarrassed. How many times have I kept quiet in a group so as not to cause an argument? How many times have I shied away from a confrontation? How many times have I let someone else take to heat so I could come off as cool or intellectual? I am afraid if I look back it would be too many times to count.
My college days would likely be the worst. Young, wanting to impressed and exposed to new radical ideas I wanted to impress my professors. So faith took a backseat. Trying to impress what amounted to mental midgets I forgot the mental giants that are part of the Christian faith. For too long an anti intellectualism has run through Christianity. And this lead to non believers thinking that thought and Christianity were mutually exclusive.
Yet when we look back in history we see intellectual giants that were Christian. From Aquinas to C.S. Lewis to Norman Geisler and William Dembsky Christianity has had an intellectual base. Western science rides on the backs of Christians seeking answers to God creation.
Finally, I have showed myself ashamed when I fail to speak up in order not to offend friends who follow different religions. My shame puts their eternal salvation in jeopardy. I constantly seek God’s strength so that I can with good conscience say I too am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It takes courage to speak up and be different from the world. May we all seek that courage.
Have a blessed day,
PS: I got this verse out of order.