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Mark 8:38

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Are You Ashamed of Jesus?…

Are you afraid to tell the world the truth about how you feel?  Jesus told his disciples:

“Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”  -Mark 8:38, NAB

Life presents us many opportunities to share our faith.  Have you ever heard of someone speaking ill about the Christian faith?  When someone pokes fun at the Catholic Church, do you defend it?  As the world drifts farther and farther away, are you ashamed to stand up for what you believe in?
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If we are ashamed to openly speak about our faith, regardless of how much we be may be ridiculed for it, Jesus will be ashamed of us in return.  We expect Him to stand up for us in front of God the Father, yet we do not stand up for Him.  Our desire to be socially accepted causes us to make poor decisions and deny our faith.  Not only is Jesus ashamed of us, but we should be ashamed of ourselves, as well.

Have you ever been in a situation where a group of people were telling jokes or degrading the Church, Christianity, or, most importantly, God?  I have.  Have you always responded by standing up for the God who loves you and was willing to die on a cross for you?  I haven’t.  In times of weakness, we have all fallen short.

The guilt that comes immediately afterward can be gut-wrenching.  Immediately after missing an opportunity to share and defend our faith, our stomach begins to turn and twist into knots.  It’s a horrible feeling, and one that I do not want to feel ever again.  From now on, to the best of my ability, I will defend my faith will all of my heart and soul – regardless of how others may see me for it.

Jesus called His generation faithless and sinful.  How much more faithless and sinful are we?  The rest of our generation may not have faith – may not defend Jesus, our Lord – but I will.  Join me in defending our faith.  Together, let’s not stand by quietly as the world degrades our faith.  If our faith is not worth standing  up for, then what is?

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