Below a popular article from the English website about the problem of shame.
Because I live in the United States, I rarely meet an Arab, especially one who has become a follower of Isa Al-Masih. Recently, Mr. Abbas, a former Arab Muslim, gave a lecture at my church.
When he was young, Mr. Abbas was a Syrian soldier. He loved reading books, including books by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, famous Russian authors. In their books, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky often talked about Jesus the Messiah. This made Mr. Abbas curious about Jesus.
The Influence of God’s Word
Mr. Abbas had never seen a Bible. He borrowed one from a Syrian army officer. In one year, Mr. Abbas read the entire Old Testament 13 times and the New Testament 27 times. Finally, he became a follower of Jesus. He experienced salvation from sin and a new life.
After his lecture there was a Q&A session. I asked, “What aspect of Jesus’ life speaks most clearly to the heart of an Arab Muslim?”
What Did Isa Al-Masih Write in the Dust?
Mr. Abbas immediately told the story of the woman caught committing adultery (John 8:3-11). Based on their belief system, the religious leaders were ready to stone her. Their belief system told them that an adulteress should be stoned.
But Jesus was different. He bent down beside the woman and wrote on the ground. This woman like all Muslims who commits a major sin, do not make eye contact with other people. She looked down at the ground because of her shame.
Jesus knelt beside the woman. He looked at the ground with her. He did not mock or rebuke her, but identified himself with her shame. All Muslims and certainly Muslims of the Middle East understand how remarkable this is. Jesus looked down. He identified with her shame!
Jesus said, “… let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone” (Injil, John 8:7). Rather than stone the woman, the people left one by one. Then Isa said, “… “’Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more’” (John 8:10-11).
Mr. Abbas said that Jesus’ identification with this woman’s shame touches every Muslim heart. Does it touch yours? Which action shows love? Stoning a woman, or forgiving her?
Isa Al-Masih Doesn’t Want to Punish Us
Do you feel shame for something you have done? Are you afraid to face other people? Remember, Jesus wants to forgive you. He wants to deliver you from the shame that binds you and burdens you!