It’s just a part of our human nature to become embarrassed occasionally. Probably my most embarrassing moment transpired on a mission trip about 15 years ago.
I was serving as a bi-vocational music and youth pastor at the time, and my wife, my pastor, and I chaperoned a group of teenagers to Houston, Texas, spending a week in the inner city ministering to kids. In a joint effort with other teenagers from our Church’s Association, we conducted a morning VBS in an area of Houston primarily populated by Hispanics. My second language is pig Latin, so I enjoyed learning a new Spanish word or phrase each day, and the kids seemed to get a kick out of me trying to speak their language.
One day, as we wrapped up Vacation Bible School, all of the kids gathered in the sanctuary for a departing puppet show. I thought it might be appropriate to learn the word for puppets, so I inquired of a small child. As the kids streamed in to the worship center, I screamed at the top of my lungs,
“We’re getting ready to have a puppet show!”
substituting the English word “puppet” with its Spanish equivalent….
Or so I thought.
At the conclusion of the puppet performance, and as the kids filed out to load up on the church vans, a young girl tugged on my arm and said,
“I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”
She scampered off to ask her mom. She came back with a shy smile and informed me I had been yelling for a “topless ladies show.”
I was mortified.
I’ll never live that down.
Recently, comedian Sarah Silverman shared something that embarrasses her. As a pro-choice woman she’s embarrassed that she hasn’t had an abortion.
You read correctly.
In an interview with Bill Maher she said,
“…I don’t like to admit this…I’ve never had an abortion….”
As a staunch defender of the pro-choice movement, she felt guilty about championing a procedure, she herself had never experienced.
Our society’s so screwed up. It used to be taboo to admit our downfalls publicly, to share about those moments of caving to temptation for fear of people shunning us or branding us with a scarlet letter. Now it appears to be in vogue to express apologies for being moral.
People wonder why kids go on shooting rampages, blaming guns, the NRA, and now mental health. In most cases of violence or in the choice of a woman to discard, like trash, the baby growing in her womb, the issue isn’t a mental one…but a matter of the heart. America’s moral compass has broken, and we’re guilty of doing that, which God warned us against,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
Our Country’s push to be tolerant only shoves us closer to the precipice of God’s judgment. Our Country’s insistence on being politically correct only drives a deeper wedge between the propagation of Liberal ideologies and Conservative family values. America’s banned the Bible from the public sphere and embraced a “feel good” religion known as moral relativism. It’s not a new invention of modern time; in fact the book of Judges ends in this manner,
“In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Judges 21:25
There’s a problem with that philosophy. Our own eyes deceive us. And where those around us occasionally express an “evolved” view about behaviors once universally categorized as sin, God’s Word does no such thing. How His heart must break when a woman apologizes for NOT having an abortion. America’s in a mess of its own making.
America needs revival.