How to be a contrarian?
Answer: Give grace, accept grace, and believe it is the best thing for everyone you meet.
Meritocracy is the standard of our world: You get out what you put in.
When the first church “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6), it wasn’t because they were causing trouble.
It was because they were undoing the established meritocracy. They were spreading the gospel. They were telling everyone: there is someone who wants to pay for you.
“Gospel” and “grace” are in just about every sermon. They are common words. But their implication isn’t.
When you show others grace, there is a backlash. It changes the expectation. Judgment is no longer passable. The hammer is no longer justified.
Most people don’t like that.
But then again, Jesus said, most people won’t choose this way.