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Narrow Truth. Wide Grace.

Alan Hirsch quote: Truth is narrow, but grace is wide.

This week’s devotions are based on the Week 4 “Explore God” – Is Christianity too narrow? (WATCH HERE)

Truth is narrow.  Grace is wide.

This morning’s devotion I share a portion of the transcript from the “Explore God” video for this week.  The words are spoken by Propaganda, a hip hop artist and Alan Hirsch, a philosopher and author (Their words give food for thought.  By quoting them, the author is not endorsing them). Their perspectives share the tension and blessing between truth that is narrow and grace that is wide.

We think that “narrow” means “intolerant,” right? And intolerance somehow is the, is the cardinal sin of our world, right?

If you’re playing a guitar, I mean, how many “G”s are there? How many notes? How many ways can you play a “G”? No, there’s, there’s one way to play a “G.” You’re either on-key or off-key. Is that intolerant? Is that narrow? Is that unfair? No, it’s beautiful, ’cause there’s a way to play this note. It’s beautiful. 

The step back is like, “Well, what’s, what’s wrong with that?” Right? And narrow in what way, right? Narrow in the way of being clear, in being concise, in being decisive, in being attainable, right? Right? Yeah, in, in that sense, absolutely. But that, isn’t that a good narrow? Like, isn’t that— aren’t these good things? That, like— It’s not like I’m just…throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping that one of ’em sticks, you know what I’m saying? Like, that’s broad, right? But that’s— I mean, come on now, like, who’s trying to live like that, that you just toss up stuff and hope that something stays on there? 

Like, nah, man, like, tell me the bull’s-eye, you know? Tell me the target. How do I fix this? How is man made right with God? Don’t be like, “Well, you know, you’ll figure it out.” Oh, no. No, I won’t! Who has? Nobody’s figured it out, right? No, I need you to tell me. What’s, what’s— how do we get this? So in my mind, I’m like “Man, why is narrow bad?” Narrow’s, in a lot of contexts, good, right? Doesn’t mean it lacks grace. Doesn’t mean it lacks love. As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite. (Propaganda)

I like the phrase that, “Truth is narrow.” Um, it narrows your options, but grace is as wide, so you’ve got to hold to the narrowness of truth and the width of grace, and it’s a tension you play between the two. That’s how, kind of, Jesus looked. He was full of grace and truth, and he holds that paradox in himself. He says that, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except by means of me.” Well, that’s pretty narrow of you, Jesus. You’re not being very embracing of other people’s opinions. Well, I say, well, he’s also extremely gracious, and he’s provided for us, in a profound way. I mean, he saves us through his own life and death and resurrection and his return. (Alan Hirsch)

John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.  Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Jesus revealing to us the narrow truth that his love, grace and forgiveness is for all is the most loving and gracious thing he could ever do.


Apply: When is narrow loving?

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for revealing to us the narrow truth that Jesus is the Way to you.  We rejoice that the width of your grace is enough to encompass each one of us.  AMEN.


(NOTE: For the full video, CLICK HERE: Session 4: Is Christianity Too Narrow? (


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