Saturday, December 6, 2014

Grace Cannot Be Silent by Hillary Beth Koenig

The other day I read an article that stuck with me. The main point was, "Grace does not mean silence." The article accused Christians of not dealing with Bill Cosby's potential guilt correctly, because he is a beloved, famous figure; we want to ignore his shortcomings and any sin and failures because we like some of his achievements and values - at least on screen. If he is found guilty, though (and I really hope he is not guilty), we cannot simply ignore the crimes committed. 

Real grace is such an awesome thing that it doesn't even need to pretend that nothing's wrong; it sees whole truth and still allows us the capacity to love. God loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). God loved us so much he sent his only son (John 3:16). That's the cost of grace. And we cheapen grace if we try to limit it! Grace cannot be silent, because truth is not silent, and God is grace and truth (John 1:17 - "Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."). 

Our sisters, brothers, friends, fathers, mothers, pastors, teachers - all need grace sometimes. To heal, to move on, to know and follow God - we need grace. We can't ignore injustice or sin and expect grace to be able to do its work.

So, be above reproach in this - don't try to justify another's behaviors and actions, but look at it as an opportunity to share the Gospel, that is, that unfortunately everyone's a sinner, but that the good news is, we are stuck in that condition for eternity if we choose repentance!


Emily Miller said...

Wow...tis true grace can never be silent. Thank you

Sarah Phillips said...

Exactly! :)

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