If you read the blog, or if you participate in a Sunday School class that is using the International Series for curriculum, you may have noticed lots of references to Romans. This summer, we were in a Romans mood.
Look at this verse:
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35)
When we were reading through Chapter 8, the teacher for that day said, "Why do you think nakedness is mentioned in this verse?" So, what do you think? Why is nakedness mentioned?
To be naked is to be vulnerable. To be naked in front of others (except perhaps one's partner) is humiliating. So, could this be stretched to mean that vulnerability and humiliation will not separate us from God?
Think of what makes us vulnerable or humiliates us? Poverty? Shame? Illness? Sin? Addiction? Crime? Mistakes? Poor judgment? Any and all of those, and many more?
So, none of this will separate us from the love of Christ? Not even our worst nightmare, becoming reality, will separate us from the love of Christ.