THE CHURCH OF EXPECTED GRACE
An article caught my eye today and so you know I gotta say something about it. People traveling through North Carolina are all up in arms. And what would be the reason for this? Their sin is being pointed out, that’s what. Well if you would ask them not many would supply that answer but for me it’s accurate.
Here is what is going on. In an effort to save lives on the highways, the State Police have begun a campaign to crack down on speeding which is a factor in a lot of highway deaths in North Carolina. Problem here is that many of those ticketed are complaining that they were only going a mile or two or five over the limit. What? Yes the police are ticketing people just over the limit. How dare they. you see most folks think that there is some sort of unwritten law that you can go up to five miles an hour over the limit and not be cited.
Absurd really that they would not let people do this, not! What is absurd is that we expect to be absolved of this minor infraction. What if we expected to be allowed a few points over on the breath test for drunk driving, or a few dollars over on what we spend without having to pay?
But, the real thing I am getting at is the spiritual connect. That’s right, the spiritual! And here it is. Right now. Put the torches down first. Alright, here we go. We, that’s me and you, have developed a theology that is “The Church of Expected Grace”. That’s right expected grace. We talk about not having a theology of cheap grace, and we talk a good talk. But in reality what we have made for ourselves is a god after our own desires. Yes where sin abounds grace abounds all the more, but are we planning on going a little outside the lines knowing there is grace? That’s where the trouble is, our planning and justifying beforehand the buffer zone that does not exist. The limit is the limit and if I call you out on it it will offend you, same as you calling me out offends me in what I believe is allowable. Take heed as I must in my lines that are a bit outside the lines, five, ten, fifteen, or one, its all sin. And that is what I mean by EXPECTED GRACE, as opposed to offered and accepted grace.
God help us to know the difference between
OFFERED & ACCEPTED GRACE
ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE ME