Grace is like peanut butter
Recovering Fundamentalist is the title of an entertaining video with a powerful message on grace. Every one of us is willing to shout out about God’s grace extended to us. That is as it should be. His grace is… well, amazing. It is incredible and unfathomable, more than we could ever deserve. That’s why it’s called grace.
But those of us who have been touched by His great grace have a problem. We are not very willing to pass grace on to those around us. Our brothers and sisters, our neighbors, more often than not are the objects of our judgement. People struggling through the same swamp of sin that we are told how depraved they are for allowing themselves to fall into the swamp in the first place. Hello, you and I are right there next to them.
But Randy, aren’t we supposed to hate sin? Yep. So try this, “You hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin, and let’s love each other.” That’s what Christian comedian Mark Lowery suggest in this video. Go beyond “hate the sin, but love the sinner.”
“God spreads grace like a four-year-old spreads peanut butter. He gets it all over everything,” says Lowery.
Think about it. His grace is not only sufficient, His grace abounds, and it is messy. He gets it all over everything, every problem, every heartache, every victory, every day. And you know what else? Every sin.
You know what would be an act of grace? Telling people how Jesus conquered their sin and can pull them out of the swamp. When we beat them over the head with their sin it does nothing to help them out of the swamp. It pushes them deeper into the muck. The deeper in muck they get, the more grace it takes to get them out. So just start with grace in the first place.
What makes you think the dirty, stinking, ugly, wretched sinners need to clean themselves up first before they come to Jesus? You were a dirty, stinking, ugly, wretched sinner when you came to Jesus, and I’ll bet you still struggle with sin. I do, and have enough to handle with my struggle. Besides, I’m not qualified to handle your sin.
“You hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin, and let’s love each other.”
Thanks to Ron Edmondson (@RonEdmondson)) for posting this video on Twitter so I could find it.