“Why do you brag of evil, “Big Man”? God’s mercy carries the day.” Psalm 52.1
It is a rare prayer that begins with a comment about one’s enemy followed by a statement of how God character will win in the end. The contrast continues between good, evil, how the enemy works, and where David stands in God. The prayer is clear, stark, black and white.
In contrast, much of life around us is a philosophical shade of gray. People say they are spiritual, yet do not pursue an experience with God in any way. “Biblically” based churches rarely search the book for instruction. Men say they love they wives, yet act in desperate way to get away from them. We proclaim to be honest and proceed to cheat on taxes, parking regulations, traffic laws, and almost anything financial.
People today still talk about the golden age of television; when black and white was king, live programming was the only choice, and families watched together. There was no golden age of living life. We try to paint our world in gray then color while it remains black and white.
Twenty years ago today I proposed to the women now my wife. Life was clear on that day. I loved everything about her including the small bits of character that later came point is disagreement. I still love everything about her and our disagreements are fewer and fewer. The wonderful black and white picture moved into shades of gray for awhile, God brought it back into black and white!
Why does this matter? Why is this important? Some argue life is better in shades of gray. Some suggest that today we are more tolerant and more accepting of those who are different.
While we might be more accepting of others today, do we love? While tolerance is important, do we hold any values? Can we stand for something, accept others as they are, and describe things in clear and concise ways?
God does. Models of God’s followers did. We can as well. We have a choice.