Those of you who grew up in the world of evangelical youth camp probably had the experience (multiple times for at least some of you) of the youth pastor describing the last judgment as an event where God takes a highlight reel of your life and shows all your secret sins, lusts, etc. to all your closest friends and everyone else in the world. Doubtless the effect of this was to use this mortifying prospect as a motivator to keep you on the straight and narrow during those tumultuous adolescent years.
But Slacktivist turns this on its head and turns it into a means of grace. You see, it won’t be just you having your secret sins broadcast on the heavenly jumbotron for all the world to see. You will also be watching everyone else’s secret sin highlight reel on the heavenly jumbotron. After a few of these, some patterns will emerge. Well before you reach the halfway point, you will have seen so much that you won’t be shocked by anything. You will come to the realization that all these sins are basically the same at the core, the only differences are superficial matters of time and place and circumstance, that there is nothing in your own secret sin highlight reel that is essentially different from anyone else’s. You will be overwhelmed by the sheer revulsion of it all and the resulting need for grace; you will begin to get a picture of how God sees us. With everyone knowing everything there is to know about you and you knowing everything there is to know about everyone else, you will be in a much better position to freely extend grace to others even as grace is being extended to you.