I’m Lutheran… a Lutheran pastor no-less. Lutherans are all about one thing (well, besides Jesus – I mean we are totally about Jesus) – GRACE. Lutheran theology is founded on this one overarching principle…
That it is by grace we are freed and saved and given life. Namely God’s grace.
But, and I mean this in all seriousness, what is grace? I mean, really?
I remember when I was in seminary I was taught a ‘working’ definition of grace:
Being given more than you deserve.
And juxtaposed with ‘grace’ was ‘mercy’. And mercy was:
Not getting what you deserve.
Last summer I was having a conversation with a very good friend and it somehow must’ve been about God…. I have no recollection of what we were actually talking about, but I know I used the word ‘grace,’ because they looked at me and very matter-of-factly asked me what grace is…
Um…. You know – the grace of God.
Um… Like getting more than you deserve from God.
What do I get from God?
Um… Well, everything. Everything is a gift from God.
Um… Kindness, you know, grace is the promise of kindness.
CRAP. Grace is not kindness.
Kindness is getting a kitten out of a tree. Kindness is setting the table when your mom asks. Kindness is letting the lady behind you in the check-out line go ahead of you because she only has four items in her basket and your cart is overflowing.
I’m a pastor for God’s sake. I should be able to flippin define grace, right?!