In my book What’s So Confusing About Grace? I devote a chapter to discussing the role that fear played in my journey as a young Christian. In particular, if you were ashamed of Jesus, he would be ashamed of you on the day of judgment. Translation: when God the Father asks, “Jesus, do you know this kid?” he would blush and remain silent, and you’d be sent to hell, kicking and screaming.
One of the significant catalysts for that fear came courtesy of the 1984 low budget Christian film Never Ashamed. I watched it one week at youth group. And while I left that night buoyed up and confident, determined that I’d prove my mettle by boldly proclaiming Jesus, it wasn’t long before I was wracked with fear from both sides. On the one side, the fear of my peers mocking and dismissing my witness, and on the other side the fear of Jesus, turning his head and remaining silent on that pivotal day of judgment.
Just watch how the film begins and you’ll be able to see where I’m coming from: