Now, of course, one may grant what we have said, without therefore granting that we have answered our basic question. We are immediately dealing with glory (two posts ago, we made this step). What has glory to do with facing my blameworthiness? I would argue that it has everything to do with it. Glory, or honor, and its opposite, shame, were fundamental to all that ancient people did. They sought honor above money and all other things, and they feared shame more than all else.
When we think about shame, it is primarily because we have done something wrong, Shame is a “painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior” (New Oxford American Dictionary). We think of violations of a moral code. For a person in an honor-shame culture, shame came by failing to support the right cause (the honor of the family or other in-group to which one belonged). The shameful behavior might be right in our eyes, but to them it is shameful. I have taught in places where it is shameful not to cheat on tests. To allow one who is in my in-group to fail the test is a greater shame than cheating on the test. This is hard for us to understand, but it is the way of much of the world.
All of this bears on our question. How can I face my blameworthiness? It depends on whose honor I am committed to. If I am intent on seeking my own honor (as in John 5.44; 7.18!), then I am not seeking the honor of God. If I am seeking God’s honor, then no dishonor that I might bear, including the dishonor of my own sin, is too great. But how does this fit with the honor of God?