Mark Driscoll in a recent sermon highlighted that when people are trying to dodge shame in their lives, through either something that they did, or something that was done to them seek to hide like Adam and Eve by covering the shame and guilt with fig leaves. He noted 4 main "people" that folks dealing with the effect of sin, shame, try to become.
The good person – liked by everyone, successful, well thought of, not offensive to anyone
The tough person – tough outer shell to hide a broken inside
The funny person – spins everything into a humor bit, life the party, laughs at everything including himself
The christian – masks everything with the correct Bible verse, theological statement to hide the fact that they really don’t believe the truth they just spouted.
Driscoll says "I’m not against the Bible but I am against using it to hide from intimacy, relationship and honesty."
Amen and amen. I am thankful for those who will open their hearts and deal honestly in relationship with others, in community with their anger, resentment, bitterness and confusion all the while knowing that God does work things together for the good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.