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