Month: July 2014

Easier to Ask Forgiveness?

One of the most irritating phrases used in our culture is, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.” What this means is that we ought to simply do what we want to do in the moment with total disregard for the rightness or appropriateness of our actions. To me, this is the epitome of the cheap grace Bonhoeffer warned us about. It presupposes forgiveness (from God and others) before it proceeds with its own unmitigated desire. It is consistent with our culture that informs us to “just do it.” With no disrespect intended to Nike, I disagree. Don’t just do it; think about the impact of your actions on others. Consider the rightness or wrongness of what you are considering and if you determine that it is wrong, “don’t do it.” It is the height of arrogance to presume on God’s grace or the grace of others around us. Maybe the clue is in the word “easy.” It may be “easier” to do it and get forgiven later, but is it “right?” This seems like another parallel to the contrast between the narrow and broad ways. The broad way that leads to destruction is easy. It comes to all of us quite naturally. I just think that followers of Christ are called to a higher standard than this. Your thoughts?

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