First Presbyterian Church of Bridesburg in Philadelphia, PA
First Presbyterian Church of Bridesburg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Whatever it's worth?

Archived from June 2007

Philip Yancey, in his book, What's So Amazing About Grace?, tells a story about two people riding on a bus and one of them has a copy of Scott Peck's book The Road Less Traveled. The conversation goes something like this:

"What are you reading?"

"A book a friend of mine gave me. She said it changed her life."

"Oh, yeah? What's it about?"

"I'm not sure. Some sort of guide for life. I haven't gotten very far yet... Here are the chapter titles: Discipline, Love, Grace,..."

"What's grace?"

"I don't know. I haven't gotten that far yet!"

I think that is the case with a lot of us. We understand discipline and to an extent love, but grace is a much tougher issue. We don't understand the greatest gift God has given us - grace. We live in a society demanding strict codes of behavior and even more strict consequences for our actions and the gift of grace gets lost in the vast sea of law. The "I live the old-fashioned way, I earned it" approach doesn't fly for the Christian or the church. How can we advocate a life-style which contradicts the very foundation of our faith? Too often it is because we have not gotten that far yet. We have not taken Jesus' actions and words seriously.

We are living in a very spiritual society. People are aware of, and focused on, spirituality in a way that has not been seen since the Great Awakening over a century ago. People are looking for a way in the desert of this ever-changing world. Anxiety is as high or higher than at any time in history and people are searching for truth. We, the church of Jesus Christ, need to be agents of grace to our hurting neighbors. We should be looking to share grace rather than laws. In a hurting world, grace is the only thing that can come into the picture and make us whole. Grace is the unmerited favor of God.

It is not something that is attainable or can be acquired by any means other than through God's unfathomable love for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the gift we have just celebrated in Easter and is why we worship and celebrate all through the year.

Mark Twain said the church is good in the worst sense of the word. Meaning, we are good but not as good or responsive as we can or should be! We, unfortunately, have not gotten that far yet! We are good, but can we be the best for the sake of and because of Jesus and His grace? Just some thoughts...

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