Sunday, 5 June 2011

Grace for Grey Areas

We human’s cannot live without God’s grace – literally. We need it for everything, the very least being existence in itself. But, I think, God ESPECIALLY intended it for life’s grey areas. Because God understands that life isn’t simple.
To approach life as completely clear cut, black and white is to have your vision more tainted than anyone who can see the grey areas in almost every situation and decision. But, of course, it’s not all grey – I’m not trying to say there are no black and white issues at all, just that not all issues are black and white.

God knows us. Let’s face it, if there’s anyone who’s going to comprehend the complexity of humanity it’s gonna be Him. He knows life’s not easy. Jesus is so much more than an empathetic bystander – he experienced difficulties on our level. God doesn’t expect us to cope with life perfectly, so don’t expect that of yourself.

Sometimes being a Christian makes decisions harder instead of easier. We have the regular pressures of life plus the daily fight to glorify God.
Ideally we should be able to take an issue, look it up in our Bibles and know definitively what God’s opinion on the matter is and therefore know EXACTLY what we should do. This, of course, is what we CAN do with some things but on other things the Bible really isn’t too specific. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticising God’s word, if it’s not specific on something then the chances are that God intended some ambiguity for a good reason - God knows best and he chose each word very carefully to say exactly what he wanted to get across. We’re not supposed to know or understand everything.

Now, this acceptance that there are indeed grey areas doesn’t mean we can justify our sinful actions by saying “Oh, well, I don’t think it’s sinful. It’s really a grey area” – as I said, there still are some black and white areas. If you knowingly and purposefully commit sin, God isn’t going to be interested in your excuses. On the other hand, if you have searched your heart, searched scripture and prayed both by yourself and with others over a situation and still can’t chose a path, I believe God will honour your sincerity and his Grace will cover whichever decision you make.