Ever since I listened to Timothy Keller on the podcast (https://biologos.org/podcast-episodes/tim-keller-francis-collins-where-is-god-in-a-pandemic), I’ve read and listened to more of his resources. This podcast with Cary Nieuwhof (https://youtu.be/zNve3Hexh28) was particularly interesting, where in it, Tim Keller discusses how people generally respond to the gospel according to how we societally understand our needs. Therefore, framing spiritual conversations and implying that Christ will meet another’s deepest needs has not been constant, and is very dependent on our contemporary wants and needs.
I’m not concerned that this shift in understanding undermines God’s Word, just how we connect with people and understand the gospel for ourselves. I do relate to how the gospel addresses our worth and purpose (12:30 in the video), and not so much that I feel shame and need Jesus to take away my sins (6:20 in the video).
Many of the shifts in how we experience our deep needs involves shame and it seems to be adequately addressed by modern societal trends that don’t require forgiveness from God through Christ’s sacrifice. I really understand wanting to have no need to experience shame if there was nothing to be ashamed of in the first place. And I wouldn’t want to listen to “good news” from someone who is making me feel ashamed.
However, what has the role of shame been in our evolutionary psychological and social development? How might this need to be addressed as we share the gospel with younger generations and implore that an identity in Christ is what makes us whole and that shame can have a vital purpose?