This is an incredible article, and I highly recommend. Tullian Tchividjian is a young(er) PCA pastor in the pulpit of one of the denomination’s flagship churches, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida (formerly pastored by Dr. D. James Kennedy).
In this interview, Tchividjian explains why Grace makes us so angry, and how the Evangelical Church seems to have lost its grip on Grace:
it seems that the good news of God’s grace has been tragically hijacked by an oppressive religious moralism that is all about rules, rules, and more rules; doing more, trying harder, self-help, getting better, and fixing, fixing, fixing–—ourselves, our kids, our spouse, our friends, our enemies, our culture, our world. Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living and the judgments that result from them rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over again.
My experience in Christian education makes me agree: nothing will piss people off like choosing Grace over Law. Legalism is safe and fair and predictable. Applied in a school setting, it offers rules and guidelines to follow. Not the messy uncertainties and ambiguities of Grace.
It will always be easier to make a rule about something than to attack the heart of the issue, which is that our behavior always stems from who we are and our relationship with God. The God-man relationship must be a relationship of Grace. And there’s the rub.