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No Shame Campaign

on October 25, 2013

My roommate put up a facebook status this morning that read: “Definition of success evangelism/outreach: Taking initiative in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results upto God.”

That was our aim this week.  Sometime we did that well, other times it wasn’t so perfect.  But either way, God really worked.  

This week, we organized an event called the “No Shame Campaign.”  It was a week long social media blitz in which our facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram was flooded with the event logo.  Included was a link to the YouTube page where people can view short videos of real life students on campus and their journey from shame to redemption in Christ.  

Along with social media we used posters and flyers to get the word out all over campus and to start conversations with students about our own shame.  We are human, we all do things we are ashamed of, but we just don’t talk about it.  Well, now we are changing that.  Who do we have to fear?  What do we have to lose?

During the week, we were also able to set up tables in well traveled areas of campus to get the word out.  Each table held a “Shame Box”.  In it were black pieces of paper on which students were encouraged to write down things they are ashamed of.  Then they were asked to watch the videos and hear why they do not have to live ashamed anymore. 

Why don’t they have to live in shame?  Because Jesus Christ took our shame with Him to the cross.  He died and took that shame with Him to the grave and left it there.  When He rose again, He gave us a way to overcome it and live in freedom from all the ways we had failed.

That is victory and freedom.  That is what it is like to be truly known, and truly accepted.  God saw our past.  He saw our future.  He saw the things we hide.  He sees through the lies and masks to our gross, dirty hearts.  And He loved us. 

He loved us.

When we didn’t love Him, He loved us.

He saved us when we did not want saving.

He freed us from sin, shame, failure.

“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

People need to hear it.  But we also need to start talking about it.  

Being free from shame DOES NOT mean forgetting our past, or pretending it did not happen.  It means not hiding it anymore.  To deny things of our past is the same as hiding them.  Only when we own up to where we have been, can we truly appreciate how far God has brought us.  

By pretending to be ok, we are robbing God of the glory that He deserves.  None of us can free ourselves from shame.  None of  us can “get ourselves together.”  It is impossible.  But by God’s grace, we can be free.

So let’s talk about.  Let’s talk about what we have done.  About how God has saved us from it.  Who can judge you but the one who is without sin.  And He declares us not guilty!  

Better yet, lets talk about what God is continuing to save us from as we speak.  Let’s be honest, we have never mastered our sin.  If it’s not one thing it’s another.  And that is ok.  God is still working on us.  

But lets talk about it.

Because we have no shame.

“He who knew no sin, became sin, so we can be the righteousness of Christ.”

Check out the link and be encouraged.  I will post some pictures and some more stories from the week soon.  God is at  work!

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