I am reading Robert Capon's strange and beautiful book called "Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace." Like I said it is strange and beautiful. It is not for the faint of heart.
Capon is an Episcopal priest. He says this is his most important piece of writing ever.
Just a tiny sample from his opening chapter:
"I said grace cannot prevail until law is dead, until moralizing is out of the game.
The precise phrase should be, until our fatal love affair with the law is over -
until, finally and for good, our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score
has run out of steam and collapsed."
I cannot tell you how many conversations I have with folks from my church
who still believe, as they have always believed, as they have been taught to believe ...
that "Someone is keeping score,"
that the "Someone" who is keeping score is God,
and that they are dreadfully, woefully, coming up short.
How can the church help our people get over their "fatal love affair with the law?"
How can I get over my own "fatal love affair with the law?"