Outrageous Grace

If you think you believe in God’s grace, I challenge you to read Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace by Robert Farrar Capon. Capon uses a few parables, sermons, fictional debates, and musings, to present grace in such an outrageous fashion that many of us will be tempted to throw grace out the window rather than believe the consequences. I think Capon ignores and dismisses some things that God cares about. But, there is something to his argument that we are so enthrall to our own moralizing and self-justification, and so blind to just how far-reaching and overarching God’s love and grace in Christ are, that we need to be shocked into hearing the full impact of the Good News that: (a) our past, present, and future “goodness” is absolutely useless in gaining God’s acceptance, (b) it’s only the fact that the “me” that I usually think of as “me” – along with all my good works and sins – has died and is dead – crucified with Christ – which makes it possible that (c) Christ has already resurrected (alive right now!), and will resurrect in spite of my one-day-dead body, a new me whose life is, even as we speak, hidden in Christ. One implication: radical freedom. If you read it, read it to the end. If you’re like me, you’ll be tempted to put it in the give-away pile multiple times before you finish.