The Lord is my Shepherd. He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. (Psalm 23:1-2)
God’s field of grace is vast and extravagant. His grace is much more indulgent than ours.
We tend to look through eyes that pick apart features and dress and tattoos and imagined wrongdoing. We focus on words, seize sides, take offense and collect misconduct like treasures.
Our own field of grace is quite small, more like a tiny, enclosed patch of yard than a broad, eternal meadow. We weigh our tokens of grace, judiciously measuring them on scales of our own ideas of merit.
But merit has nothing to do with God’s grace; it has everything to do with God’s love and desire to see the whole world saved. Because God is love, He doesn’t give up on anyone. He doesn’t hold grudges or remember and make lists of our sins or inappropriate behavior. He loves us and holds His arms wide open until the moment we – or anyone – are ready to walk to Him and be embraced by His unconditional love and irrational grace.
Grace is not a game of win and lose, but a life of win, of inclusion, of unity, of adoption. There is no loss with grace – no exclusion, division or orphans. Under God’s wings of grace, we are all gathered under His compassionate caress as His sons and daughters. And He waits patiently for those not yet ready, and loves them as He loves us.
We all know there is too much division now; between countries, between politicians, between citizens, between Christians, between friends and family. This is a call to extend our fields of grace to whomever they have not been offered: on a personal level, a neighborhood level, a cultural level and a national level. Let’s allow our eyes to see farther than our own noses. Let’s pray we see through God’s eyes and walk arm and arm with Him in His field of grace.
No matter how Christians might have voted, it is absolutely clear that Christians are always called to serve Jesus by sheltering those most in need. This could be a unifying commitment between people of faith on different sides of the aisle — to protect the most vulnerable together. Jim Wallis, redletterchristians.org