Gracism is real. Denying it doesn’t change the fact that thousands, if not millions, of people are affected by gracism every single day. But what can we do to change this trend that’s happening in our country? If we really want see change, we must first learn what gracism is.
Gracism is a prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone who doesn’t understand the unconditional love and grace of God in the same manner you do. Therefore, by your “superior” knowledge of God, you push them further away from experiencing the heart of the Father by condemning them over not believing exactly the same way as you. I want to be the first to tell you that gracism is wrong and it’s not what God ever intended grace to be.
I Was A Gracist
Listen, I get it. I too, am a recovering gracist. I used to unload a plethora of Bible verses on someone who didn’t see that God’s heart has always been for them and He’s already provided for us everything we need for life and godliness through Jesus on the cross! I thought it was my job to defend God; I thought it was my job to change people.
Then I thought about how the transformation took place in my life. Did it happen because someone preached at me? Was it after they beat me over the head with their Bible knowledge? Or was it because someone took the time to love me where I was? Was it after someone helped answer my questions as the Holy Spirit began to reveal things to me?
None of us have a perfect doctrine. As much as we'd all like to think we know more about God than anyone else, we miss it somewhere. In the middle of our ignorance, God meets us where we are and loves us enough to allow us to grow. That's what grace is all about!
Sometimes, grace people can be the most ungracious people out there! If we really understood grace, we'd love people in the middle of their ignorance and allow the Holy Spirit to do His job. The moment you take on the role of changing people is when you become a gracist and nobody benefits from it.
What I’m not saying
I’m not telling you to never share the gospel with people, but we unintentionally separate ourselves from people we disagree with when we force our beliefs on them. God loves the legalist, the religious, and even the atheist! When we share the heart that God has for them, not with our words but with our actions, the opportunity to share our beliefs will fall into your lap. It reminds me of that saying, “You will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
Gracism, even unintentional gracism, will push people away. Trust that God knew what He was doing when He told us to love one another as He loves us. He doesn’t just tell us to love those who agree with us! Allow everyone you come in contact with to encounter the love and grace of God by seeing it in your life. Gracism causes division, but true grace will unite.