While I am thoroughly enjoying my current season of learning more of the true depth of the finished work of Christ and grace, I am not enjoying some of the private interactions I have had with people worried that I am on a slow slide to heresy and hell.
Not fun at all.
However, when I refer to my current critics, they are not who I am talking about as “The Grace Police.” In fact, I am more concerned about people who hold the same views as I do, in my online crew, turning into The Grace Police. Offline, I don’t see this with the people in my church but online…something happens that has me concerned.
I think it is easy for our crowd to extend grace to each other and even to unbelievers… but when the topic of legalists or Christians who we perceive don’t “get” grace comes up, online at least, it can get flippant quick and even mean from time to time.
Some of our critics have chosen to make false accusations and declare them as fact, condescending generalizations, negative assumptions, as well as some go on to declare that we are allied with satan … but that doesn’t mean we should respond in kind.
In fact, after experiencing true unadulterated grace … I don’t want to respond in kind.
Now, those in my online crew don’t go there often and if they do it quickly turns toward a truly gracious approach to everyone… but every once in a while I see white-hot flashes of very deep anger and I wonder if it is righteous concern or personal wounding.
If there is anything I know humans are very good at… we can turn *anything* into legalistic rule-keeping. So join me in spreading the really Good News but let’s continually resist becoming The Grace Police.