You would think the topic of grace, God’s grace would be a simple subject to understand. But I think I figured out why it perplexes many believers, especially the ones that have spent a great deal of time in the institutional church. This discovery came after a conversation with an old friend of mine who could not stop talking about what he had recently learned about grace.
Although I was excited for my friend’s discovery, I was baffled. We had attended and served in the same church together for years, and I knew that the messages were filled with the topic of grace. Even when he joined us in the deconstruction of our institutional church, he had learned about grace. My bafflement evaporated when I recently heard a sermon from a popular evangelical church.
The message was filled with grace blended with the law. Mixing the old and the new covenant together. Father was described as the benevolent dictator God, who provided you with his grace to better serve him. I now realized why it took so long for my friend to really get a hold of grace. It had been an intertwined sinister brew that left him perpetually confused about Father’s love. I wonder how many others have yet to understand, much less receive the real meaning of Father’s grace and his unconditional love.