The best of us are not nearly good enough and the worst of us are not bad enough that His grace can’t reach us.
As promised, a few quotes from Between Noon and Three (Robert Farrar Capon):
…they will not be discovered, ever…no other scandal than the divine foolishness by which the human race is assured that there is nothing it isn’t going to get away with…
In our fantasies, immorality can never be allowed to simply succeed; cosmic disapproval must be given the last word.
Whatever happens, the books are always balanced, the notes due called in, the mortgages foreclosed.
No, much as you and I prefer that sort of thing, I shall not give it to you. First, because it is a strange preference, no matter how universal it is.
…however much we hate the law, we are more afraid of grace.
We do in fact get away with almost everything.
Grace cannot prevail…until our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed.
We insist on being reckoned with.
Honestly, this kind of blows me away. I know that grace, mercy, and forgiveness are this extreme. But I wonder if we ever get away with anything, if there is even such a concept for followers of Christ. I guess I still believe that sin always destroys. Not that God reckons us with punishment, but that sin reckons us with soul destroying consequence. Maybe I’m still hanging onto a measure of law or the need for guilt in that regard. I don’t know. I haven’t finished the book yet.
What do you think?