Grace and Pants

Have you ever used a word so many times that it sounds funny? The first time it ever happened to me was with the word “pants”. Pants, pants, pants, pants. See, it sounds funny. Christian culture, I presume, is going through something similar with the word “grace”. We have some pithy definitions of it that are true but not full. We use it so often in church that many of us are inoculated to what is actually meant. For too many of us, including myself, the message of grace (the gospel) has been about me getting my sins forgiven, or it’s primarily about my own psychological health, or being rid of my guilt, or not needing to try as hard to earn God’s favor. That is grace to many of us. Continue reading