I love the word Grace. My favorite song is “Amazing Grace”. I have a shelf full of books on Grace. I believe Christ showed unmerited favor on me. But, there is a problem. As I scan books in the bookstore, the word Grace has been co-opted. It is being used in titles all over the store, apparently to sell more books. Some of Northern Alabama’s most legalistic churches have Grace in their names. It has become a “switch and bait” routine, advertising Grace but providing the law. The Neo-Calvinists have co-opted the name, transforming it to match their views on God’s arbitrary election.
It may be a time for me to declare a strike on the word Grace, instead talking of the mysteries of Christ’s unmerited favor.