I’m still working through McLaren’s Naked Spirituality. He makes a remark about “Spiritual Jiu-Jitsu” (two topics that I enjoy) that I wanted to write down.
“The grace of God works on our failures like jiujitsu, a weaponless martial art that turns the force of the attacker back on the attacker. In so doing, grace connects us with God and others more powerfully than untested innocence ever could have done. Instead of being connected to God through performance- ‘Look how well I am doing!’- confession connects us to God through God’s grace- ‘Look how much I’ve been forgiven.’ It’s hard to imagine a more powerful word than sorry.” (103)