Every once in awhile I read or hear the phrase “God's scandalous grace” or “God's scandalous love”. (Like, about 10 minutes ago.)
So, I Googled the phrase “God's scandalous” and also found mercy, generosity, acceptance, and others.
Scandalous means: disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper—words you wouldn't think fit in the same sentence as “God”.
But think about it. Remember some of the stories of Jesus' dealings with people.
The way He dealt with them! Treating them as nicely as you would treat the queen.
Caring about their situation.
It's scandalous, I tell you! Disgraceful, shameful, shocking, improper.
Why, we know better. We wouldn't do that. We know how to read people, we can tell those who deserve to be shunned, ignored, berated.
Those who aren't worth our time of day.
Those who are only fit to burn in hell.
But Jesus, now.
Why, He acted like He didn't know they were bad people, like they were normal.
He treated them like He treats me.
He loved them.
So where do we get off treating some people the way we do and saying we are followers of Christ?
5 hours ago