Friday, August 04, 2017
We're Under Grace
I know that the word “accountable” might be an odd word to put together with “grace,” but it comes as something of a response to the legalistic “accountability police”, who seem always to be prosecuting even Christians with the word. “You’ll be held accountable for that,” they might say. That always makes me shudder . . . and maybe want to vomit . . . on them. Is that wrong?
“Grace” doesn’t mean that nothing matters; grace means that Jesus matters. He’s got us, and He’s given us all of His righteousness and holiness. I’m going to hold you to that, because believing it, over and over again, is how you live by grace. Jesus was successful for you two thousand years ago, and He is successful for you and with you today. Believing that will have an effect because grace always works. You’ll like it, and Christ in you will be in evidence. Others will like that, too.
But keeping yourself in the crosshairs of your own gun—“I’ll be held accountable”—or turning it upon others—“You’ll be held accountable”—is not Christian living. It may seem to help people by temporarily altering their behavior, but it actually hurts them by pushing them toward fleshly living. Choosing your own behavioral righteousness over the gift of His will immerse you into foreign territory, where you will be unrecognizable to yourself. In other words, you won’t work right. And I don’t like that at all. That’s why I don’t like the accountability police.
However, if grace is grace, then it’s for them, too. So I’m going to hold them accountable to God’s grace.