Hillary Clinton recently spoke at a black church and touted the merits of grace and humility. This approach has brought me into the discussion. I don’t write much about politics, but when a politician brings up faith, I jump in with both feet–well both hands anyway since all my compositions are done via a computer. One of my targets in the world of Christianity (and the subject of my latest movie Old Rugged Cross) is hypergrace. People who are caught up in the trap of hypergrace (also known as greasy grace, cheap grace, sloppy agape, etc.) will deny that there is such a thing. I argue that this concept is perhaps the most dangerous in our universe. People who feel convinced they have the truth usually aren’t continuing their search. In this situation, people who embrace hypergrace certainly don’t want to be convinced that they’re wrong because they want to believe that God is one dimensional, full of forgiveness and mercy for everyone. That’s not the God that’s revealed in the Bible.
Did you know that Jesus doesn’t mention the word grace a single time? Paul is the principal espouser of grace yet he is the one who writes that liars, cowards, adulterers, homosexuals, drunkards, etc. will not enter into Heaven. Hillary has already shown to the world that she is guilty of lying. Whether the nickname of Killary is appropriate for her is beyond us at this point. However, you might notice that she has filed zero lawsuits for slander (that I know of) against those who have written publicly (in magazines even) about the list of people near the Clintons who have died in mysterious ways. What’s up with that?
Here’s my point: Of course God has grace for those who repent of their sins and trust that the blood of Jesus will blot them out. But nowhere does the Bible indicate that grace will cover those who practice sin–those who scheme and plan their sins and never come to the point of contrition. Grace is a safety net for those who fall off the high wire act. Hypergrace never even gets on the wire but simply walks across the safety net. It may be possible to delete emails in this life and escape punishment, but the Judge of all mankind does not miss a single detail.
I have to admit that after watching Hillary cough almost nonstop in her speech the other day, I felt sorry for her. I envisioned her with the Heavenly Father’s arms around her giving her assurance that He loved her and that she didn’t need to lie or manipulate to make herself look good to others. He is the only one whom she needs to impress. And I realized that instead of heaping scorn and criticism upon her head, we need to pray for Hillary to see the light, especially if her health issues are serious. In the meantime, I urge you to avoid embracing Hillary Clinton as your source of theological truth. Well, any truth actually.
By the way, Old Rugged Cross premieres at the Dallas Theater in Dallas, Georgia on September 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM. DVD’s are available also as of that date at http://donaldjamesparker.com/oldruggedcross.aspx