“I read the news today, oh boy…”

It’s front and center in headlines everywhere… from TV to print to blogs. It’s an old, old story; an athlete is unfaithful. A rock star OD’s. A big corporation mismanages billions and the CEO walks away with a slap on the wrist and a big bonus. A politician tells a lie (gasp!).

Nothing is more newsworthy than a ‘good scandal’. Can we say “oxymoron”? While there’s nothing good about it, our culture thrives on scandal like a man dying of thirst needs water.

If you believe the idea that Man is basically a ‘good creature’, just take a quick look at the headlines. To be sure, there are a few ‘human interest’ stories, and a heart-warming tale here and there, but there is no better evidence for our fallen state than to see what news we apparently love to consume.

So what can be done about this state of affairs? Sorry, sports hero… Freudian slip…

I’ll let you in on a secret, and it’s something even more scandalous than anything you could hear about on the news.

It’s called grace.

“All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” (Romans 5:20-21 MSG)

Grace… the aggressive forgiveness of God… scandalous!

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