Not Ashamed

edited December 1969 in Faith Issues
Let me commend this idea...

(I think that Zoxasi thought this would be a good idea, and now there is a real organisation behind it)

(Please visit this site and add your name to the list)

What is ‘NOT ASHAMED’?

‘NOT ASHAMED’ is an opportunity for Christians across the UK to stand together and to express our confidence that Jesus Christ is good news not just for individuals or for the church but for our nation as a whole. He is the only true hope for our society.

When will it take place?

Wednesday 1st December 2010 has been designated ‘NOT ASHAMED’ day. It is the focal point of the initiative but the campaign will run throughout the Autumn and continue into Advent.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved in the ‘NOT ASHAMED’ movement by wearing the symbol, declaring the hope and sharing the vision.


  • this is cool.
    i wear a cross anyway, but i will make sure it shows on wednesday  :)

    i read this letter by bishop george carey, he was previoiusly an archbishop of canterbury (head of anglican church). in the anglican church this is not a lifelong job, it changes from time to time, but he was one who stayed really close to the Bible and actively worked to promote traditional Christianity, not the type that says, 'i believe in my God and you can believe in yours and lets all name ourselves Christians'.
    since he left, we have witnessed the demise of this church in many places.
    here is his letter (to save u clicking a link). check this out, to me it looks very orthodox. also it made me cry as we really need to say this in many countries, not just uk. we could modify the parts, eg at the beginning, that are specifically british:

    I’m Not Ashamed

    I don’t know about you but I am immensely proud of our country. I’m proud of our Parliamentary democracy under our Monarchy. I’m proud of the sense of fairness and fair play that runs throughout our nation. I am proud of our tradition of tolerance and our historic commitment to welcoming the stranger.
    Yet what many people don’t realise is that it is the Christian Faith that underpins these great strengths and that has enriched our nation in so many other ways. Our laws, our democracy and our health, welfare and education provision all find their origin in Christian principles whilst the influence of Christianity on our language, literature and culture has been enormous, not least through giants such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, William Wilberforce, John Newton, TS Elliot, William Temple and CS Lewis.
    Under attack
    However, this rich legacy is under attack. In spite of having contributed so much to our civilization and providing its foundation, the Christian Faith is in danger of being stealthily and subtly brushed aside. The evidence has been mounting in recent years. Teachers and council employees are suspended for offering to ‘say a prayer’. A devoted nurse is banned from wearing a cross, a British Airways worker told to remove hers. Roman Catholic adoption agencies are closed down under new laws. Christian marriage registrars who cannot, in good conscience, preside over civil partnership ceremonies are summarily dismissed.
    This attempt to ‘air-brush’ the Christian Faith out of the picture is especially obvious as Christmas approaches. The cards that used to carry Christmas wishes now bear ‘Season’s greetings’. The local school nativity play is watered down or disappears altogether. The local council switches on ‘Winter lights’ in place of Christmas decorations. Even Christmas has become something of which some are ashamed.
    So, it appears that flowing from a combination of well-meaning political correctness, multiculturalism and overt opposition to Christianity, a new climate, hostile to our country’s tradition and history, is developing.
    Yet in the last census, 72% identified themselves as Christians. Millions continue to go to church regularly. Parents flock to church schools, knowing that their children are likely to get the best education in an environment with a caring, Christian ethos. Churches and Christian charities continue to provide desperately needed services in every community in the country.
    The Church is far from dead but is definitely under attack.
    Taking stock
    This Christmas is an opportunity to slow down and think about the future of our nation. Do we really want to consign the Christian Faith and the churches to the sidelines when they continue to give so much to our society? Do we really want to rebrand Christmas, empty it of its meaning and ignore its significance for us today?
    For Christmas is about more than eating, drinking, giving and receiving. The real reason for those things is the celebration of the powerful story of God breaking through human misery, poverty and sin to be with us. Yes, Jesus was born in an animal enclosure because there was no room at the inn. But as his subsequent life and the record of human history was to show, he was more than just a man. He was the one through whom God reached out to all people, offering freedom from our self-destructive behaviour, our sin and selfishness.
    And the great symbol of the Cross, on which he died 2000 years ago, endures today because it reaches the human heart. It tells us that the answer to our failure, sin and shame is to be found in Jesus, who by dying on the cross took our immense guilt upon himself so that we might stand blameless before God when called to give account. And three days later he defeated death by rising to life.
    That is why the Christian faith will always be relevant to human need and why Jesus still attracts millions to follow him.
    Not ashamed
    As a teenager emerging from the horror of the war years, I discovered that it was through submitting to Jesus, trusting him and making him the model of my existence that meaning, hope and wonder were given back to me. I realised that I could explain Jesus only by recognising him as far more than an ordinary human being, indeed as the Christ, the Son of God and the Lord of all. I have never regretted giving my life to him and following him.
    He is the only one who can bring lasting freedom to individuals from anxiety, despair, guilt, shame, alienation, loneliness and the grip of death itself. But he is also the only one who can provide a solid foundation for a society characterised by care and compassion, justice and morality, hospitality and kindness, genuine respect and appropriate toleration, peace and prosperity, co-operation and public service. Are we really ready to turn our back on all this? 2000 years ago Jesus began to turn the world upside down. He has continued to do so ever since.
    So, let me be clear. There are aspects of Christianity of which I am ashamed. I am ashamed of the way in which the external form of religion has got in the way of real faith and I am ashamed of the timidity of much western Christianity. But I am not ashamed of Jesus and his teaching. I am not ashamed of his promise to bring life, hope and freedom to individuals, communities and nations.
    An invitation
    So, if you are a Christian, may I invite you to wear your faith with pride this Christmas? When far too many people fear ridicule for admitting that they are Christians or are uncertain whether they can bring their faith to the workplace, we should all stand together to honour the One who has so significantly and valuably shaped our country. After all, there are more Christians in our land than those who seek to undermine the Christian Faith.
    And if you are not yet a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you, this Christmas, to listen again to the Christmas story and to ask God to forgive you for the past, to be with you in the present, and to strengthen you to stand up as one of his followers, in the year ahead and for the rest of your life?
    I am not ashamed of Jesus Christ. Are you?
  • anyone have any nice recording they would like to share?
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