Guilt vs. Shame

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Church, Family, Spiritual Formation

“One writer suggests that a shame-bound family is a group of people who feel alone together. It may also be said that a shame-bound church is one in which the members feel alone together. Church members judge each other on a “goodness vs. badness scale.” In this system, the preservation of one’s personal “goodness” is foundational to one’s acceptance by other church members and guarantee of membership in the inner circle.

Read more here to assess the destructive power (and potential presence) of shame in our personal lives, families and/or churches.

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