Updated on October 10, 2015
Updated on October 10, 2015
In church one Sunday, we sang David Crowder Band’s song, “How He Loves,” and this line hit me hard:
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
I had to stop singing for a minute as tears welled up in my eyes and a lump in my throat kept me from making a sound. If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking. We should be drowning in an ocean of grace. Why aren’t we drowning in an ocean of grace?
I thought about driving along the Pacific Ocean this past week and seeing magnificent pounding waves hit the shore. The power of water. The vastness of the ocean. The horizon with no sight of land. God’s amazing creation now a metaphor for the vastness of his Grace.
I thought about a statistic our pastor shared, that 80% of high schoolers raised in the church leave it behind. Why? Can it be that instead of drowning in an ocean of grace, they are drowning in a sea of finger pointing, condemnation and rigid rules? Is that why they are leaving the church? And what is the church doing to respond to it?
I’m afraid I have more questions than answers. I fear the future of our church will be row after row of gray hair instead of row after row of tattoos and piercings. We are failing our kids because we have measured out grace in teaspoons as if to expose them to the whole vast ocean of Grace would somehow set them on a path to destruction.
What if the proverbial “Slippery slope” slid people right down into the vast ocean of Grace? What if we looked beyond the tattoos and piercings, sagging pants and pink hair? I imagine a Church where everyone feels comfortable no matter what they look like or dress like. I imagine a Church filled with love and acceptance for human beings, giving space for questions and thoughts and doubts (oh yes please, doubts!). Let’s not let our fear of people’s searching, trying, failing and doubting keep us from leading them to that ocean of Grace.
People everywhere are drowning in a sea of insignificance, searching for that Something that will give them hope and meaning. We, the Church, the ones who love God and seek to obey his commands – WE must pour on the Grace and Love of Jesus, because if we don’t, who will?
Love Never Fails…
and neither does Grace.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his GRACE…” Romans 3:23-24
This is the 8th post in my series Love Never Fails for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. You can click here to go to my introduction page and find links to all the posts in the series. Also, if you’d like to receive these posts directly in your inbox, just enter your email address in the bar to the right. I promise to never share your information.
PS… You can listen to that song here: