I don’t know if I have a masochistic streak or something, but I genuinely do try to reach out to the ‘liberal’ camp – we may fundamentally disagree on much, but I think it’s important to keep some lines of communication open. I’ve met some pretty decent people that way.
Today, I thought perhaps there may have been just a small moment where I was able to ‘connect’ with some. Just for a moment. I was wrong. We are little more than domestic abusers, apparently. Here, have the 2006 award for ridiculous hyperbole.
I would be honoured to have the laws used against me to punish me and to help those others ‘suffering’ under this ‘abuse’. The last thing I would want is for people to be ‘complicit in their own abuse’ – that would never do.
I don’t know, I really don’t understand it. Some wonder why I see a divorce inevitable?
Lord, have mercy on us, foolish sinners all.
(With all apologies for the rant – I’ll post something more substantial soon.)
UPDATE: But then it all twists around again with a great post on grace. I don’t really know what to make of it. A curates egg, perhaps….
Anyway, that got me thinking a bit more, and it seems to me that grace makes it all the more imperative that we preach Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life. Preaching Christ as a way, amongst various valid ways is to deny the very efficacy of grace. It’s either grace through His blood, or mere wish-fulfillment on our part.
The way I understand it is that until He is in us, and we in Him, to the point that we can say ‘I am not my own, I have been bought with a price’, then justice and grace are not reconciled. But when we really are at that point then grace fulfils justice. Or to put it another way grace both fulfils and breaks the curse of karma, just as the witches deep magic was fulfilled and broken by Aslans deeper magic.
Well, anyway, that’s just my best understanding. You will probably be pleased to know that my brief foray into atonement theology will now cease. 🙂