Both, &, in 3D

A few years ago, I came across a teaching video that really made me think. 

Have a look: 

In 2 dimensions, separate. 
In 3 dimensions, same. 

I think there is something profound in that. 

When you are stuck only believing what you know to be true, 
When you never give space to other peoples opinions and only value yours,
When you think you are right and no one else is…. 

Maybe you are living a 2D life (you vs. everyone else)
Maybe, its time to realize the beauty that is the 3rd dimension. 
Maybe there are other ways then what you know
Maybe we can learn to love others even if they believe something different, if they look different. 
Maybe there is more than just black or white, right and wrong. 

Maybe we have to realize that sometimes our perspective is limited and not always complete.

Today, I have never seen so many people polarized. Nations and people divided. My social media timeline is full of 2 dimensional thinking. People posting videos and ‘facts’ about their opinion and making others feel dumb because they may not think the same way. 

An athlete, tired of seeing young black men murdered and tired of seeing injustice, decides to do something to get some attention to this cause that is deeply meaningful to him. 

He took a knee. 

People are furious. They lash out. 
They say how can you disrespect the flag? 
How can you not honour the military? 
How can you be such a bad employee….

So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. - 1 Corinthians 4:5

What I find funny is how the narrative have changed. It was about an athlete kneeling to bring attention to the injustice, but now is about a flag, the military, a president, a nation and money. 

Just a side note; the military gives millions to the NFL and other sport teams to do these lavish displays of patriotism to recruit people. (See these articles for examples: here and here )

Why do I mention that? Simple. There is a bigger story here. Empire. But I will leave that for another post. I mention it because we need a better perspective on this. 

What I think we all need to do is add another dimension to our thinking, love. 

If I truly love someone, means I value them. 
It means I respect them and want to hear from them. 
It is hard to live in black and white when love is so grey. 
Love demands that we listen, that we take time and understand different perspectives than ours. 
Love is asking how would Jesus respond, and emulate. 

the scriptures say, 

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. -    Colossians 3:14

Clothe ourselves in it
Exist in it
Let it sink in how much God loves you every day, every moment
Then respond out of that place. 

This week as a church, we discussed James chapter 2. The main idea that came from it was simple; 

If you love someone, you will do something to show it. 

What i am seeing on social media and from a ‘christian’ president is the opposite. 
Does a person clothed in love call people ‘assholes’? 
Does a person clothed in love post hurtful things online and shame others just because they don't look, think or like we do? 

Jesus, before he was about to be crucified, whipped and murdered prayed for something….
that something was unity. Maybe, just maybe, we need to start realizing that he wants us, his followers to work on just that.

May we all step into a 3D world where love is our guide, and unity is our goal.

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