Shortly after I opened an account on a major social media network several years ago, I decided to upload dozens of my old high school pictures. I was eager to share these picture memories with other classmates I had found on Internet. I looked forward to hearing from them and to listen to their recollections of those high school days.
A day or two after posting my high school pictures, I was shocked to find that one of my classmates had written a note filled with strong profanity underneath the picture of one of our old teachers. I felt embarrassed for the teacher, for friends who might have read the note, and embarrassed for myself. Quickly I deleted his comments and hoping not to offend this former classmate, I sent him a note telling him what I had done.
He wrote back, “Oh, I didn’t mean to offend anyone.” But he did not mention anything about being embarrassed over what he had said. Although he and I are both missionary children who attended the same Adventist high school, he is no longer interested in God. I could understand where he was coming from because for a few years I also was not interested to having God in my life. I didn’t feel shame for my bad language and other minor sins during that time either.
A lack of shame is a dangerous thing. When we no longer make a difference between right and wrong, we are at risk of deadening the Holy Spirit’s quiet voice urging us to do better. This is a sad state that surrounded the Israelites. Notice verse 12 when the Lord asked: “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.”
Consequences came quickly for the Israelites. God foretold of a divinely imposed judgment that would come. “What I have given them will be taken from them,” He said in verse 13.
Prayer: “Dear God, keep my conscience sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Mold me into Your likeness, with a dislike and hatred of evil, but with a love of rightness and good conduct. Amen.”
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