This weekend on The Saturday Session, attorney and RZIM Senior Vice President Abdu Murray uses the lens of the gospel to explain that the sentence proclaimed by modern culture is a sentence unapproved and overruled by Heaven.
Our cultural methods put a sentence on us: they can silence us from sharing the truth, and they can silence us from accepting the truth.
In an innocence and guilt culture, when you have broken a law or you’ve broken some moral standard of the community…you have done something wrong, which means that you can do something to fix it. In an honor shame culture, when you’ve broken some kind of social mores or whatever it might be, you have not done something wrong, you have become someone bad, and you need an identity change to fix it. You can’t do something to fix it; you have to become someone different to fix it.
Truth is not barely propositional; it is propositional, but it’s not barely propositional. Its power is conveyed in the way in which it’s communicated.
Truth is often obscured by fear of shame or dishonor…[I]t’s not just accepting the truth that is obscured by fear or shame it’s sharing the truth that is obscured by fear of shame.
You see how powerful this can be when there are negative consequences to accepting the truth and embracing the truth. The consequences are so powerful that you actually mistake the consequences for the truth - they’re not the same!
He pardons our guilt, which removes our shame. We are declared innocent because God is honored.
Our cultural methods put a sentence on us: it silences us from sharing the truth, and it silences us from accepting the truth. But it is a sentence unapproved and overruled by heaven.
Make it Personal
Can you think of a time where fear of shame or dishonor obscured your sharing of the truth?
Have you done the behind every question challenge, taking the time to (1) ask open ended questions, and (2) to take the time to listen, and (3) committed to them as a questioner?
What does it look like to practically live out a life that isn’t bound by a sentence of shame and fear?