THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE by Janice M. Wilson
Did you ever watch a friend eat burgers and large cheese fries thinking they were now in the clear for gorging because a new medication will keep the arteries open and free of sludge?
It’s the same sad fate for those who profess to be Christians. They can pass off their guilt and bad image very easily these days with a simple reassurance of ‘grace abounds’, yet more times than not are still openly living a sinful lifestyle without shame.
The overuse of ‘grace-abounds’ is the new get-out-of-jail-free card for many to excuse away personal responsibility for their actions.
Grace – the best God-given gift to us through Jesus Christ, and a great cornerstone of the faith – has been and is still being abused and polluted, forecasted by Jude many centuries ago in verse 4:
For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[a] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Have you been hearing this phrase lately? It’s often used several times within someone’s defense of their sin, usually followed by a little wink, a giggle and knowing smile. Or no shame at all. This should raise good hard questions.
A Peculiar People
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2Corinth. 5:20)
God wants followers to be distinctly different in this fallen world, His personal ambassadors of a higher calling. How can that happen with a hypocritical life? That is one of the biggest eye-sores and ridicule of non-believers – living a lie. It is simply disobedience that even the non-churched see and understand.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1Peter 2:9
Unbelievers watch and talk about us constantly. How are we then to live? Here is also a scriptural truth from Paul found in:
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1Peter 2:12)
Is that even possible?
The Trouble With Righteousness
Conviction and obedience sure do get in the way of worldly fun and popularity, don’t they? But let’s get real here. Who is perfect? There isn’t one person on earth who doesn’t sin.
That’s a problem for which there is hope (2 Cor 5:18-19)
Specifically, I am targeting folks claiming to be ‘Christians’, who deliberately flirt with sin or outright commit a recurring sin or in secret, then claim they are ‘covered in grace’. (you know who you are)