I saw these two posters not a foot apart in a subway station the other day. They are as stark a representation as any of the two words we hear in life: Law and Gospel (or: Requirement and Love).

The Law is the tagline of Extraordinary Measures: “Don’t hope for a miracle. Make one.” In other words, you are on your own. Your salvation, however you define that word, is up to you. Don’t hope, for there is nothing to hope in. Make your salvation, and if you fail…when you fail…you will have…

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