Back in the Saddle

We're Back!

It's been a week, but we're back in the saddle. 

We took our annual family trek for spring break, and this year it was AWESOME!  We had a wonderful opportunity to take our family to Disney for a couple of days last week.  It was a great time of relaxation, fun with the kids, and a well needed breather from traveling so much this year. 

I had some great time to think, pray, connect with my kids, and laugh…A LOT.

Disney is a wonderful organization.  Every time we turned the corner, the operations part of me just came out asking, "How do they do this?"  It's clean.  It's Excellent.  It's beautiful.  It's just awesome. 

But one of my favorite parts is watching people. 

I love sitting on one of the benches and just watching people walk by. 

It might be the theater part of me, but I love guessing the stories that accompany people as they go about their daily business. 

We were sitting outside our hotel room one morning, and people were walking by.  I was gearing up for another day at the park, and I looked over and saw this…

  Guns T-Shirt

I laughed outloud. 

Not only was she standing on the edge of the pool smoking her third cigarrette of the morning, she reminded me of the volitility in America today over things that aren't changing. I started thinking about all the messages we hear that get us all riled up for little to no reason. 

It's almost like we have to frame every part of life into one corner or the other, and often our accusations have no real depth. 

I think about how many people try to frame Christians as homophobic, abortion doctor killer, judgemental, hate mongers.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The message Jesus came to give was one of Loving God, and Loving Others.  (Matthew 22:37-40)  He said all the law and the prophets hang on those two commandments. 

So when you hear people accuse Christians of being people that aren't living according the message of Jesus, you're really contributing to this false framing. 

And you know what?  We're designed that way. 

I read a book, not long ago, called How We Decide by John Lehrer.  The thesis of the book is As Humans, we have a natural propensity to need to choose one thing over the other. 

Vanilla or Chocolate
Coke or Pepsi
Snickers or Kit Kat
McDonalds or Burger King

We have this crazy way of choosing one thing over another, AND once we choose, we have the natural tendency to vilify the other.  Think about all the people you talk to who drink a different soda than you do.  Immediately you have to give a response for why yours is the best. 

I'm not saying that it's wrong.

I'm just saying, maybe we need to step back a bit, realize the truth about the people or faiths we try to wedge against each other, and begin looking for ways we can really live the message Jesus came to give us. 

This shirt made me laugh.  It showed our need to be on one side of politics or another. 

But more importantly, I think we can look at the differences under the Christian Umbrella and see a similar phenomenon.  What do you think?

 

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