So What? Why we’re unashamed
We hope that David’s lead article this month helps you imagine what some Jewish people might feel about Jesus, and how those feelings can change. But what about you?
All Christians are ridiculed or even mocked at times because of our association with Jesus. We can dismiss some of the insults because we can show they are based on things that are not true about Jesus, or about us. But not always. Christians are called to be different from other people – and it’s pretty natural to be embarrassed when people make snide remarks about Christians for not “fitting in” with views or behaviors that are normal for just about everyone else.
Are you ever embarrassed to admit you’re a Christian? Maybe you would be too embarrassed to admit if you were. Well guess what? If you ever feel embarrassed because being a Christian makes you an object of misunderstanding or ridicule, you’re not alone! That’s probably why the apostle Paul wrote: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16). I think he was addressing an issue that we all face.
We can become embarrassed about the gospel IF we view it through the eyes of those who haven’t yet received it. Paul is encouraging us to focus on what the gospel actually is, not what others might think about it. And the gospel has what everyone on earth wants: POWER!
The gospel is God’s power to save lives, to transform people in wonderful ways. Not only have we received this amazing gift, but we get to offer its life saving, life-changing power to others: Jews and also Gentiles!
Some people will not recognize the gift for what it is. And their rejection can hurt. But it won’t embarrass us or make us ashamed … not if we remember the true power of the gospel.
Ruth Rosen, editor
Newsletter Editor, Missionary
Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.