Among the things that perturb me about modern Christianity is our residual clinging to a sort of “Christian-karma.” You’ve probably read this frustration from me before, but with some recent events in my own life, I feel as though Christians still just don’t get it. We want so much for our deeds and actions to matter that we’ve actually trivialized grace instead of personalized it. We’ve made the Christian life so conditional and provisional, qualitative and restrictive. We’ve degraded the relationship we’re supposed to have and called to have with the Lord Jesus into nothing more than a rigid life of “paying it back” and “balancing the scales.” We’ve crisscrossed the vertical and the horizontal, so that now the minor is majored, the petty is prominent, and the arbitrary is aggrandized. We coerce obedience through convictions instead of cultivate it by grace. We loft our goodness into perfectness so that it’s easier for us to condemn others and exonerate ourselves. We’re lost in karmic realities when we should be lost in cosmic grace.
Let me reiterate very clearly: Christianity isn’t a “this for that” reality! Salvation isn’t us balancing the scales or making it up to God. It’s not us paying God back with our manner of life. It’s not us rigidly adhering to rules and regulations in order to achieve some earthly-realized perfection. It’s not us formulating for ourselves some fabricated righteousness. All these notions are categorically false.
Salvation is much more simple, much more real than that. At its core, it’s just filthy sinners who’ve been saved by grace, proving to the world that Jesus came to ransom, redeem, and rescue filthy, wretched, deplorable sinners. It’s unholy hooligans, engaging in the pursuit of an absolutely holy God. We should’ve had nothing to do with God, and, left to our own devices, we would have nothing to do with Him. We’d simply resolve ourselves to our mirth and frivolity, which have so easily and swiftly enticed and entrapped the common man.
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