The Painted Door Church - Chicago
The Psalter of Jesus: Red in the Face // Psalm 44
Mar 26, 2017
Pastor Mark Bergin
For people of faith, the seeming inaction of God amid our trouble is humiliating. The one we have trusted and heralded and staked our reputation to can seem to leave us flapping in the wind. In such moments, those who would deride our faith are given ammunition to snicker under their breath or even openly mock us. Being a Christian can be quite embarrassing. And the current trajectory of our Western culture indicates there will be greater embarrassments to come. Yet these dreadful incidents, when our faces blush and our heads droop, are not what they seem. God's apparent absence is nothing of the sort. He is profoundly present in our embarrassment. In fact, the place of embarrassment is where he daily lives. No one is more derided, snickered at, or mocked than our God. We see that historically in the life and death of Jesus. And we witness it firsthand when people in our day scoff at God's power or love. "He cannot save himself," they sneered at Jesus on the cross. "He must be weak or not care," they say dismissively of God today. The life of faith steps into that same place of being ridiculed alongside our God. Jesus came to bear human shame with us, so that we all might bear divine humiliation with him.