I’ve been reading this new book called “All In” by Mark Batterson. (Remember when I was
obsessed with “The Circle Maker”? Well this is the new book by the same author and
I’m just as obsessed!) In it he says this quote that really got me thinking…he says,
“Downplaying sin is downplaying grace.” His point is that until we acknowledge how sinful
we are, then we can’t truly see how amazing the grace of God is. This is so true! The
more I realize my sin, the more I see what God has saved me from (and then I just
become a tearyeyed baby thinking how incredible His mercy is) and how ridiculous his
love is that He would go to such lengths to put me in right standing with him!
However, the more I thought about this quote the more I realized that the opposite of it is
true as well…”Up-playing sin is also downplaying grace.”
I don’t know about you, but I feel like the “world” a lot of times portrays Christians as
these people who claim to be perfect; that Christianity is all about living by this set of
rules, and whatever the Bible says is a sin, well… you just don’t do that anymore. (Like it’s
really that easy!) I’ve been called a “goodytooshoes” (I’m sorry, are we still in the 50’s?!
Get a new line people!), I’ve been called “boring,” “no fun,” and plenty of other things that
people felt were somehow correlated to me choosing to live my life in Christ. Those
judgments used to really hurt me, especially because I felt like they couldn’t be further
from the truth. But the older I’ve become, the more I’ve realized that maybe they just
don’t know what being a Christian really means… Maybe no one told them that being a
Christian is SO much more than choosing to follow a moral code that happens to be the
Bible. Being a Christian is SO much more than acknowledging that you are you sinful and
wanting to change. Being a Christian is SO much more than just recognizing our sin and
trying with all your might to live better.
When we up-play the power of sin, we downplay the purpose of grace. In fact, in
comparison to God’s grace sin is NOTHING. In fact, grace for our sin was already nailed
to a cross, buried, resurrected and now seated on a throne in victory in Heaven! To me,
THAT’S what being a Christian means…believing that sin has no hold on me anymore
because of who Christ is and the fact that He lives in me! I think it’s easier to label
Christians as rule followers, than to understand our belief in the ultimate rule bender who
defeated the “rule” of death.
You and I should be praying that in our generation we will see the Church become a body
that is more abounding in grace to others, and less condemning and judging to those
living in sin. Because maybe no one has told them that there is another way? (And maybe
when the Word says to spread the good news, it means that it’s our job to tell them!)
We should also be praying that in our generation we will see the whole world come to
understand that being a Christian is so much more that “not sinning” and in our
understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower we will stop “up-playing sin.”
No sin is too bad, no person is too far, His grace is MORE than enough! Can I get an
Love you best!
I am so honored to have a prayer partner like you in things like this!