#769 - "I'm Not Ashamed" by Abigail Duhon
Abigail Duhon shares how the story of a fellow teenager inspired her to write this anthem.

Posted: November 01, 2016 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Abigail Duhon is a name to get to know in Christian music. She's a winner of the NRT We Love Award for Next Big Thing in 2016, and her music is marked with melodic and worshipful songs speaking the Truth of the Word of God into the hearts of today's culture. Her upbeat songs like "Dance Up" are a fun way to exclaim God's love for us, delivered by Abigail's sincere vocals. We've previously discussed "More Than Gold" for a devotional, a song which is about our value as individuals and combatting human trafficking.

God delights in our praises and calls us to be bold and unashamed about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That's what this song and the new film I'm Not Ashamed is all about, based on the journal entries and eye-witness accounts of the martyrdom of Rachel Joy Scott at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. You can read our staff review of the movie here. I had the chance to speak with Abigail in person at Creation about her song "I'm Not Ashamed."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

A good friend of my dad's has made the film I'm Not Ashamed, based on the story of what happened at Columbine High School and what happened to Rachel, who stood up for her faith and was murdered for her faith. My message in my music and the Millennial Tour is also about standing up for your faith, and I was given a small role in the film, Chloe. 

We were filming the movie in Nashville, and my dad and I talked about me writing a song based on the film. I had the chorus, based on Romans 1:16, and couldn't think of verses at first. One of the directors gave me a copy of Rachel's diary writings, which were in a book that they used in making the film. As I read through her writings, I saw these poems and lyrics here and there, and God put her words into the song. Every time I sing the song, it's really humbling because these are Rachel's words.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Romans 1:16 (NKJV): "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

Acts 20:24 (NKJV): "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."

Acts 24:20 (VOICE): "If these men here have some crime they have found me guilty of when I stood before their council, they should present it."

Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG): "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

John 15:20 (NIV): Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his Master.' If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed My teaching, they will obey yours also.
John 16:33 (NIV): "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

What is the takeaway message?

The film is absolutely extraordinary, and after I read the script I was crying. This is how a faith-based film should be done. It is so real. It goes through what she went through as a teenager and partying and drugs and alcohol, and then tells her story of coming to Christ and becoming so bold that she would die for her faith. I am inspired to want to live like that and be bold for my faith. Every time I think about her and Romans 1:16, it reminds me of how important it is to stand up for our faith. I was asking myself when I first read the script, "would I do that?" 

If you did deny God, what are you living for? There's no point in going on unless you are living for Him. It's God's will, and if it's God plan for you, because of Rachel, it changed so many lives and a million kids have done the Rachel challenge and stood up for their faith. It's amazing what one person can do when you step out of your comfort zone. 

The God's Not Dead movie journeys have been amazing. God gave us our lives, and everything that we have that makes us joyful comes from Him. He died for us and all of our sins. All we need to do is say, "I'm a Christian and I love God, and you need what I have." Don't try so hard to love people. Let God love you with an overflowing love to other people. Nobody has ever been argued into the Gospel, they've been loved. Not by "doing" love, but by receiving God's love.

Every life has a time they reach the moment
When they have to choose what they believe
I hope and pray that I will have the boldness
To say Your name when it's my time to speak

No matter what may come
Your love will remain
You will be my strength
And I will say

I am not ashamed,
Because You've given me life
I am not afraid,
Because You've opened my eyes
That whatever stands before me
I know You will hold me

I am not ashamed
No I am not ashamed

I want a heart that will constantly reflect You
And know that you have all things in Your hands
I want to be the vessel that You flow through
Even when I cannot understand

I will be Yours
No matter what, no matter when
You will be mine
Outside and in

I am not ashamed,
Because You've given me life
I am not afraid,
Because You've opened my eyes
That whatever stands before me
I know You will hold me

I am not ashamed
No I am not ashamed

Father, reach out Your hand
Grab a hold of my life
Open my eyes, to Your wonderful light
Fill me up, with Your undying love
Save me a place, in Your kingdom above


I am not ashamed,
Because You've given me life.
I am not afraid,
Because You've opened my eyes.
That whatever stands before me
I know You will hold me

I am not ashamed
No I am not ashamed

This song and the movie I'm Not Ashamed lights a fire in Christians to know and proclaim what you stand for, no matter what the world tells you to do. Don't compromise. Don't forsake God or be ashamed of the Gospel. Stand up for what you believe. There is an infectious urgency to this song. As we live in these last days, it is very important to think about what you would be found doing if the Lord were to return today. 

My wife was pregnant with our first daughter Natalie when this tragedy happened at Columbine High School, and now our oldest daughter is the same age (16) as Abigail Duhon, who pays a stirring tribute to the martyrdom of Rachel, who was 17 when she was killed for her faith. We can only hope as Christians to live for our eternity with Jesus and not be afraid to stand firm and not be ashamed of Him, to be willing to lay our lives down for Him, especially when we think about what He did in laying His life down for us on the Cross.

Persecution of our church in America is coming. Certainly we face daily spiritual warfare. Christians are called to display their faith in their words and also in their actions once they are changed on the inside and become followers of Jesus. We are challenged in God's Word in Matthew 5:14-16 as believers to not hide the light of Jesus that is in us as His redeemed sons and daughters, to remember that "God is not a secret to be kept." I find Paul's exhortation in 2nd Corinthians 4:5-6 very relevant to us as believers today, a strong reminder of why we all need to live for Jesus.

The song proclaims "I will be Yours no matter what, no matter when, I will be Yours outside and in," which is a great example of Romans 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ." This song and film challenges us to consider if we are ready to stand for Christ and sing loudly, "I am not ashamed because You've given me life, I am not afraid because You've opened my eyes, that whatever stands before me, I know You will hold me. I am not ashamed, no I am not ashamed." The song and film also causes my heart to sing along with this glorious promise in Revelation 22:20: "He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" Amen to that!

You can purchase the song at Watch the music video below.


NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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