"Freer than Thou": How Wisdom Avoids Legalism and License

Thursday, 01 Nov 2012

If wisdom is the general capacity for evaluating and following the Good, the True, and the Beautiful ... then prudence is that particular exercise of wisdom that involves discrimination.
We are so good at being legalists. One minute we're the "older brother" in our Lord's parable, resentful of the father's lavish grace showered on the prodigal son; the next minute we cast ourselves as the younger brother’only, unlike him, lording the father's indulgence over our brother's head. To reverse the roles in another parable, gospel-liberated heirs can be, rather ironically, like the Pharisee who prayed (at least in my version), "Lord, I thank you that I am not like this Pharisee. I know that I'm totally depraved and ...

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