“For i am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God
that brings salvation to everyone who
believes” (romans 1: 16).
i don’t think there’s enough discussion
in christian circles about what it means
to be ashamed, primarily because it’s
one of those words that one really
doesn’t want to be known for. Who
wants to be “embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions, characteristics,
or associations” (Google Dictionary)?
But the truth is we are all tempted at
some point to be ashamed of the truth
that lives within us.
i remember growing up very outspoken about being a christian. i
was the one who left the sleepover
early because i decided i didn’t want to
watch the scary movie. at the age of 10,
i made a list of things i wanted in a future
husband. i made a rule for myself that
i wouldn’t date until i graduated high
school. i was active in junior high, youth
group and volunteering. But the older i
got, the more uncomfortable it felt to be
outspoken about my beliefs.
all of a sudden, i was in the “real
world,” and i was told tolerance meant
you don’t share your beliefs because
they could offend someone. So, i got
more hesitant. i started downplaying
the life-changing truth of the gospel to
make it something that was a bit easier
for others to swallow.
This is a huge temptation for many
christians: to try to make the Bible’s
truths “cool” rather than life changing.
maybe you avoid the hard truths when
friends question your faith. maybe
you introduce youth group with, “We
just hang out, and play some games”
– without any reference to the Bible
component or to Jesus.
The most transformative people i
met in my life were those who acted
completely themselves, were incredibly kind to everyone and were totally
outspoken about their faith. Not just
about the perks of the faith, but the
challenges, the struggles and the life-changing nature of it all. They didn’t shy
away from the fact that giving your life
to christ is a total game-changer.
The temptation is always there to
just be a status quo “good person.”
You’re a nice person, but you don’t
reach out to the outcast. You’re a nice
person, but you stand by while your
friends gossip and cut other people
Think about how
yourself as a child
of the king, and
how you represent
news that lives
inside your heart
You’re a christian as far as it’s comfortable for you, but not where it makes
you stand out or be different.
i don’t want this to be disheartening, i hope it challenges you to think
about how you represent yourself as a
child of the king, and how you represent
the life-changing news that lives inside
it isn’t easy. in fact, i think it’s a
challenge for most christians. What
it takes is willingness and a desire to
surrender to the lord and ask him to
use you in powerful ways, wherever you
are, and whomever you’re with. God
never leaves us to do the hard work on
our own; he knows we need him in all
Don’t downplay the gospel. live your
faith, and live it loud. Jesus dying on the
cross is a big deal. There is life-changing
news living inside of you – share it with
“So, if you think you are standing
firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No
temptation has overtaken you except
what is common to mankind. and God
is faithful; he will not let you be tempted
beyond what you can bear. But when
you are tempted, he will also provide a
way out so that you can endure it” (1
corinthians 10: 12).
Who is Emily Cook?
- She is “a grandma at heart,” spending most of her free time knitting and
going to sleep early.
- if social convention would accept it,
she would probably become a hermit
with her two adorable cats.
- her heart is expressed best through
music and words. “put that together
and i guess i’m also a songwriter,” she
- She has always found the left side
of her brain more interesting, and she
thinks crafting is good for the soul.
- Out of all her interests, she loves
God best. “he's my muse, my support
and the One thing i really couldn’t live
The cool Test
I am not ashamed
By: Emily cook
march/april 2016 / LOVE IS MOVING 9