Why do I get embarrassed about what the Bible says?
We’ve learned these past few weeks that the Bible is the King’s Word. God is my king. I know that He is above and before all, that He made all that was and is, and yet sometimes when I read His Word, I’m embarrassed.
I’m even more embarrassed to tell other people what God’s Word says, especially someone who isn’t a Christian. Can you believe that? A person, who God made in His own image, and whom I’m explicitly commanded to share the Gospel and the rest of the Scriptures with, and I’m embarrassed to do just that.
Not all of the Bible is embarrassing. For God so loved the world? That’s cool. Take the log out of your own eye before trying to take the speck out of your brother’s eye? Yeah, folks are typically pretty good with that.
What about when Jesus says “no one comes to the Father except through me.”? I know that will ruffle some feathers outside of the Church, but no, I’m not embarrassed to say that.
What about Hebrews 13: “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” With this, the phrase “sexually immoral” is vague enough to not feel too embarrassed. But if I had to explain to someone that sex not between a husband and wife is sexually immoral, yeah, I’m starting to feel my face get hot.
The accounts in the book of Joshua of the conquest of the Promised Land are brutal. Entire cities, men, women, and children are devoted to destruction. I can hear the questions: How could a God, who is supposed to be good, do something like this? I have some answers, but man, I’d just rather not have this conversation.
What about “Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church”, and “husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,”? Even in a church setting, just bring this up and things will start to feel a little tense. I have a hard time telling some of my Christian friends that this is how we should order our families, let alone one of my coworkers.
So again, I ask, why do I get embarrassed about what the Bible says?
Yes, I know I picked several choice snippets from the Bible, outside of their larger context, but that doesn’t change the fact that much of what the Bible says flies in the face of what our world, our culture, our families, and us as individuals hold to be true. Why am I embarrassed? I’m embarrassed because I know that if people knew what I truly believed, they just won’t like me.
Do you know who’s not embarrassed by the Bible?
God is not ashamed of His Word. Not a single one. Every book, every page has been carefully preserved for the good of His people. As we read last week, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” All Scripture. The passages in the Bible that we sometimes find challenging were not a challenge for God. He didn’t sweat about what to include and what not. He breathed it out in full confidence.
So let us breathe it in, breathe it all in. Let us read God’s Word with all humility, knowing that every word is His grace to us, that we may truly know Him. May the Holy Spirit make clear to us the truths within, and may our walking in the truth be a blessing to us and those around us.
We will be hated for believing the Bible, we will be hated for following Jesus, He said that Himself. But do not be embarrassed. It is the King’s Word and we are the King’s people. We are to proclaim Christ and God’s Word plainly, and whether or not someone rejects that is not up to us. In 2 Corinthians, Paul says the following:
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord