The Problem with "Fine Print"

It seemed like an unbeatable deal to my junior high self. Twelve CD’s for the price of a penny. Heck, I found pennies on the ground sometimes. The fact that I could convert that into 12 CD’s was incredible. Plus, it avoided convincing my mom to drive me to Tower Records (or the local Christian bookstore). I carefully selected my first shipment of CDs and sent in my subscription. Little did I know, I would start racking up the bills for unwanted CDs that I “failed to return” in time to avoid the charge.  This was not where I wanted my paperboy money to go.

Adding fine print ruins a good offer.

The gospel of Jesus is truly an unbeatable deal. And then the church adds a bunch of fine print that ends up entangling the good news in a mess of rules, regulations, and restrictions. People need the good news of grace, peace, hope, joy, and love. Yet they get hurt and shamed by our fine print and essentially cancel their subscription, never returning to our church communities. We have been set free from the law by the faith of Jesus Christ. Now we as the church must accept the challenge to live into that truth without adding new and unnecessary laws.

Before the coming of this faith,[j] we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
— Galatians 4:23-25