Why is it that Christians say they are saved by grace and not works?
Because, if we as Christians were truly following the example of Jesus, we would be marching into Syria and Iraq, not with guns, bombs, and bullets, but with the cross, food, shelter, and the necessities of life.
We would be risking our lives and gladly giving our lives because we had no fear of death.
We would look into the eyes of the killing machine known as ISIS and say, like Dan Wilkinson in "The Cross and the Switchblade", "You can cut us into a million pieces, and every piece will say God loves you."
But, we fear death.
We fear the enemy.
We fail to follow.
We are not worthy of the name.
How is it that we who are so far from following are so deeply loved?
How is it that such hypocrisy is met with One who lays down His life for us?
That is the mystery of the Gospel.
A mystery that truly humbles the heart.