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.Full article:
Billy Graham's grandson takes Christians to task: An interview with Tullian Tchividjian
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.