Day 341

Today’s Reading – Romans 1-3

All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:23-24 CEB

In this day and age any discussion of tolerance is often inclusive of a discussion of grace and the church’s intolerance. The problem with the discussion is that it is never framed properly.

Paul frames the discussion of grace in the proper manner when he reminds us that we have all sinned and fallen short. Period end of sentence.

We are doomed as sinners to God’s judgment and wrath. In the face of God’s judgment we are shown grace through the sacrifice of Christ.

God is not tolerant of us. God didn’t suddenly become fed up with the totality of our sins. No, we ALL have sinned and failed.

Enter Grace.

In the name of tolerance, we need to be able to draw the line and create standards – isn’t that what the 10 commandments represents? God’s standards.

While you are claiming God’s grace, be mindful of why you need it and at what price this grace comes . . .


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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