Grading on the Curve

Sunday, Sept. 13

“God grades on the cross, not on the curve.” A football star recent made news when he returned ribbons for “participation” that his kids received. There are definitely two sides to the issue and it didn’t take long for the other side to show up. As I read these articles I could identify somewhat with both sides—and I’m not writing this blog to set everyone straight. I’m just saying that the way we encourage one another by handing out awards has it’s pros and cons, and that God’s standards seem to be anything but nebulous. His standard of conduct is absolute. One sin sends you to hell. So much for red and white ribbons. They don’t exist in this genre. Blue one? Maybe. But since one sin is sufficient to . . . Oh, yes, I have yet to meet a person that has not acknowledged sin, in fact, a multitude of sins. If you know the Bible, you know there’s a heaven. So there has to be an antidote for the sin problem. In fact, that’s the theme of the whole Bible. It’s the way of the cross. So many people think that they are no worse than the next guy, which may or may not be true, but it beggars the point. Remember what one sin does! Some people rely on the fact that God is good. That’s quite true, but it’s not the whole story. God is also holy and can not tolerate sin. He’s also fair and will not send anyone to hell without just cause. That impasse leads to redemption. God’s provision of a substitute, Jesus, his own son, is the answer. The net result is that God does not weigh each one in the balance to see if his good deeds outweigh his bad deeds. Under the umbrella of God’s holiness—one sin and . . . grading by the curve doesn’t work. But the cross does. “So I’ll cling to the old rugged cross.” The only way!

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