Bacon. It’s become the meme of the year. We all want it. We love it. It’s a pure guilty pleasure. I’ve always been a fan of spiritual allegories, and bacon certainly allows for a little theological fun. Think of it.
Law, as we understand it theologically, is a complete prohibition of pork. The Holy Spirit spoke to the apostle Peter through a dream, telling him not to reject that which He had made clean:
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Acts 10:9-16, NIV)
The context is that Peter was not a fan of the idea of allowing gentiles to be Christians. However, the Lord made very clear to him that grace was for all who named the name of Jesus.
Gentiles were impure, they were not to be associated with. They were rejected by Jewish culture as outsiders. They were unclean. Every ounce of theological might was used to condemn and ostracize those ungodly gentiles.
Sound like anyone else you know?
Today’s religious legalism rejects anything that is outside of the norm. I would submit that the LGBT community, especially LGBT Christians are equally under grace — as anyone else. God has made us clean with His love and His grace.
The moral of this is simple. Law is clean, precise, and is a strict level of control that sucks the life out of everything of faith.
GRACE… is messy, fatty, and sizzles with excitement. It’s pure, salty goodness. We often have to clean up after it, and it invites others to join in. Grace is LIFE.
Grace is BACON. Enjoy.