Monday, December 24, 2007

Life in a Gray World

While parked at a red light a few days ago, I noticed a bumper sticker that read "I am not a Republican." I was initially surprised by the boldness of that claim, but the bigger surprise to me was that someone could be so black and white in a gray world. It was as if there is only one "right" political party and everyone else is inherently wrong.

Life is not about issues, it's about people. That is the problem with political parties. We get so ingrained into one way of thinking that we totally ignore other issues at hand and the people that struggle with them. It is a lot harder to be anti-abortion while resting your hand on your 16 year old daughter's pregnant belly, knowing full well that she may have just ruined all hopes and dreams for her future.

Life is not black and white. Life is confusing. Life is messy. Life requires humble servants of Christ who will live in the trenches and get their hands dirty in the mess of life. May we not be so concerned with the issues of life that we forget about the people we live with.

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