I fear that the doctrine of predestination can leave a bad taste in people’s mouths due to the arrogant way in which some people present it. Of course, the doctrine can be offensive to our self-centered, individualistic mindset. But let’s try hard not to be an unnecessary cause of offense. Let the text be offensive, if need be. But let’s not be offensive in our presentation of it.
We don’t want to be perceived as the “frozen chosen” or the “prideful predestinarians.” May we be a church that is humble and joyful in the knowledge of God’s free grace which He has bestowed on totally undeserving sinners like us!
The Valley of Vision prayer book contains a prayer for humility that would be a good model for us to follow.
O thou God of all grace, make me more thankful, more humble;
Inspire me with a deep sense of my unworthiness arising from the depravity of my nature, my omitted duties, my unimproved advantages, thy commands violated by me.
With all my calls to gratitude and joy may I remember that I have reason for sorrow and humiliation;
O give me repentance unto life;
Cement my oneness with my blessed Lord,
that faith may adhere to him more immovably,
that love may entwine itself round him more tightly,
that his spirit may pervade every fibre of my being.
Then send me out to make him known to my fellow-men.