Warning commentary on society inbound! Recently it seems like if you don’t immediately agree entirely with an idea, it is assumed that you are against the idea and any questioning is actually trying to insult the individual (or group) who thought of or believes that idea.
The result of this is a human problem, at least with me. The more I choose sides and try to fervently defend them the more I dehumanize… humans. Sometimes I will put people on pedestals and hold them to unreasonable standards or over look their mistakes no matter how serious. Other times I will remove all nuance from them assuming all their actions have evil motives.
Just One Opinion
To be able to treat humans as humans I need to be able to look at them and appreciate who they are even if they believe something I don’t. So I need to be willing to let things go, to care less about more things and care more about the person. So I am going to only defend one thing.
I want to follow him and defend what he defended in the way he defended. This boils down to Love, Jesus loved the bad people, the good people, and everything he did was in service of the people he loved. I want to look at people as children of God and my time here on the planet as a chance to make it a better place for them.
Jesus may seem like an irrelevant or cliched choice in a world of racism, terrorism, fake news, and environmental destruction. Jesus to me is the only choice I have as a response to everything. There is nothing more important to me than him and loving who he loves. From truly trying to love all I will work towards a world with a better environment, where truth is honoured, where people kill less. Because Jesus loves all, my actions must love all. If I instead decide to defend everything and jump in the weeds, I tend to forget the human and do worse. The following quote summarizes what happens to me.
…that fuels a fire I don't want to burn.
All the other things I write about & try to live out are tools I use to help me work out how to love well. This is messy and maybe sometimes I use a tool that doesn’t actually love well or I use it in the wrong way and it hurts someone. The tools are things that I will give up if they end up not helping or begin hurting others. What I won’t give up is Jesus.