Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Howling Dark of Sin and Chris Tomlin's Pale Grace

Got grace?
Well, of course I do, silly.
I am set free by it, washed in the blood of the lamb. I am saved, Saved, SAVED!
And grace is amazing.
John Newton says so.
Chris Tomlin says so.

But John knew something Chris appears to want to forget.
Grace needs sin.
The crime. The betrayal.
The howl of deep hurt forcing itself to be heard from torn heart of the person, and of the God, I said I loved, said I would never forsake.
And then did.
And I have to listen to it.
Ragged. Raw. Unrelenting.
And I am responsible. Only me.
I did it on purpose, because I wanted to, because I thought myself more important.

That is why I need grace.

Amazing Grace is not a hymn. John Newton did not sing it.
He wrote and recited it with his congregation as a statement of wretchedness.
The grace he described covered the sin because it could not make it disappear.

The minute we forget the sin, we can forget the grace, too.
We do not need it any more.

If we want to sing about grace, we'd do well to remember the sin that made it necessary.

Look into the horror.
You will need to be bold, but it's worth it, because that is the only place you will find real grace.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find help in time of need.-Hebrews 4:16


  1. I can we truly appreciate God's grace if we do not fully understand our wretched need for it. It's not something to gloss over.

  2. ICK! I've come face to face with the sin this week. It's gross. This was a great post... once again! Thank you. I mean, I'm really not liking having to come face to face with the sin part. But I can appreciate the grace so much more because of it!

  3. "His grace isn't cheap, but it's free." Our sin cost Christ his life....there's a reason He said we should die daily.

    You nailed it again. :-)

    1. Nailed it that a pun? So cute.

  4. I watched the older video about Amazing Grace and the abolition of slavery in England at a retreat this past summer. The portrayed Joh Newton as such a humble man. Really struck me in contrast to the cruelty of slavery. Good post!