The Ragamuffin Gospel Author:Brennan Manning As Christians in America we often focus on spiritual achievement, beating ourselves up when we don't perform the way we think we should. We believe in God's grace - in theory. But, somehow, we can't manage to aply it to our day-to-day lives. W know we are forgiven. Yet, we continue to see God as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures... more » and successes on a long, windering score sheet.
The truth is, we an't earn God's acceptance, any more than we can earn our salvation. Yet he gives it to us, willingly - no matter who we are or what we've done. We are all ragamuffins. Each of us comes beat-up, burnt-out, ragged and dirty to sit at our Father's feet. And there he smiles upon us - the chosen objects of his "furious love."
It is a gift like no other. So open your heart and your mind to God's grace. For once you truly accept it, you can finally bask in the joy of the ragamuffin gospel.