On Shaming Theology

 Shaming theology is a tragedy that wounds followers of Christ.

Shaming theology is a tragedy that wounds followers of Christ.

Almost all of us let it get to us. I’m not sure why.

Until we awaken to the disconnect between our theology and what we’re actually experiencing as a believer (or even after the awakening) we take on the blame, guilt, humiliation, and the tyranny of the “you have to be better and do better” message of religiosity and moralism in the name of Christ. Why?

  1. It leaves us jumpy and fearful, unlikely to follow Christ while trying to measure up to religious standards.

  2. It hurts deep inside because we know we’ll never get it together the way the shamers claim they have it together.

  3. It wears us out and distracts us from the only Person who can really help us–Jesus.

No wonder so many sincere Christians quit going to church. The landscape of Christianity is littered with casualties from the wounding theology of shame.

Perhaps there’s a more hopeful and safer way to encourage Christians to live for Christ. The New Testament says there is.

It’s called grace. And grace changes everything.