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Grace….?

It seems to me that there is a dearth of Grace within church fellowships, institutional, non-institutional, free and emergent. Saved we are by grace, but for some reason we seem to forget this in our dealings with others.

Part of the problem is that Christianity in many spheres is becoming too triumphalistic and this really bothers me. When I look at churches I see an orientation towards the middle class, the well off, the go-getters, the warriors, mighty men and women. Those less fortunate, socially, academically, financially, materially, those wounded, burdened, disabled, flawed folk…are somehow excluded or forgotten, sidestepped or overlooked.

I see many pastors (and other Christian leaders) gathering around them “strong” folk, often with money, charisma, and ability. I see few shepherds looking out for the lost sheep when it is at the expense of stepping away from their cosy huddle. I see few shepherds concerned enough to seek out those who have fallen away, drifted off, are wounded or damaged. Yet Jesus shows us a shepherd who is concerned enough to leave ninety-nine sheep and search out the ‘one’ errant.

For all of us to follow in His footsteps, we need to revise our agenda. (In fact we need to get rid of our agendas….but this is another blog for another time). We need to learn how to serve as Jesus taught us to. The world needs to hear the gospel of Grace. The Church needs to live the gospel of Grace. If we are trying to build our own kingdom then we will inevitably trample on the weak and though we have all the right words and a mega congregation, we will have missed the gospel of Grace, completely!

I pray that the Church will always be a place of Grace, that its testament will be Grace, that its words will be Grace, that the lives of its people will declare over and above all the worlds’ deceptive lies – GRACE! GRACE! GRACE!

Amazing Grace…I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see…

Michael Daly

Living Loved

April. 2010

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April 21, 2010 - Posted by | Thoughts

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