With most of you growing up in Chinese (or Asian) households within Chinese communities, most of you are well aware of the “shame based culture” that exists that is not able to deal well with shame. We deny our shame, hide it, run from it, acknowledge it; but rarely do we actually deal with it … honestly … before God and man. Unfortunately, shame isn’t often handled much better within the Chinese church. Even though we are Christian, there is a LOT of our culture that often has to be sifted through first. I think many of you know what I mean.
Sandra and I have been having meaningful, thought provoking discussions this week about shame, prompted by beginning to read the April, 2015 edition of Tabletalk magazine, the theme of which is, “Shame.”
I believe you all received a copy of this April edition when RC Sproul, Jr. and Chris Larson came to speak to us. If you didn’t get one, make sure to let me know and I’ll give you a free copy at TD.
I would HIGHLY encourage you all to begin reading through the articles and working them out in your own souls, discussing them with trusted friends and counselors. If you do, I believe you can begin to turn the tide on unhealthy views and uses of shame, allow God to walk you though it, and begin a new healthy direction in your future, and possibly your future family’s. – Arthur