In his new book Jon Ronson argues “a great renaissance is sweeping our land,” and that great renaissance is the cultivation of a culture of shame. His book is called So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, and in it he contends that the vehicle triggering the rise of shame is social media. “Justice has been democratized,” he writes, “the silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding other people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those around us. We are using shame as a form of social control.”
Shame—especially publicly shaming another—has been part of human society as long as there have been humans. And it is at the heart of today’s passage. Consider how the Servant of the Lord endured shame, and what his shame means for you.
Text: Isaiah 53.3
- three elements of shame
- the Servant’s shame