Rules, Religion, & Relationships

2 thoughts on “Rules, Religion, & Relationships”

  1. Brian, I found myself shaking my head in agreement with much of this. Too often, our public pronouncements can be without grace (Col. 4:6). I was disappointed, however, that when citing John 8:1-11 and the account of the woman caught in adultery, you didn’t finish the story. Jesus makes a two-sided proclamation: “Neither do I condemn you” but concludes with “now go and sin no more.” It’s that tension between grace and moral transformation which proves very tricky to work out in real life, yet this “loving but firm” response is the only one that doesn’t leave us mired in our sin. “Love” that leaves people in their predicament is no love at all.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve tried to detail that tension in a recent essay:

    http://gregorycrofford.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/love-absolutely-but-what-does-love-require/

    Thanks for your thoughts! Keep blogging.

    – Greg

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