LOOKING FORWARD

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Imagine that you walk into a room full of people and say something as innocuous as “My, what beautiful blue carpet.”

 

To your surprise, someone responds, “Where I come from, they call this color red, not blue. In the interest of diversity, I request that you respect my position.”

 

Hearing this, a man in a white lab coat replies, “You know, colors aren’t real—they’re just perceptions in the brain formed by electrical impulses from the optic nerve. Who’s to say if the carpet has any color at all.”

 

A woman holding a white cane then says, “I’ve been blind since birth and the concept of color means nothing to me.”

 

A group of conservatively clad adults counters, “For generations, we’ve held the deep belief that this carpet is blue, so any other position is just plain wrong.”

 

Another faction speaks up, “That may have been true at one time, but we’ve recently taken a vote and the majority has now determined that the carpet is red.”

 

Still others weigh in, “We’ve been mistreated by people in this room because their perception of color is different than ours. In the interest of fairness, we assert that everyone should be able to freely determine for themselves what color the carpet is.”

 

Can anyone in the room say with ultimate certainty what color the carpet is? All of these positions seem reasonable:

  • Cultural heritage
  • Scientific analysis
  • Personal perception
  • Religious tradition
  • Political consensus
  • Compassionate pluralism

 

Finally, a man steps forward with quiet dignity and says, “I appreciate each of your positions, but the only position that truly matters is my father’s–because he made the carpet. His authority comes from being its creator and owner. Consequently, he has the right to determine what it’s called and how it should be used. He has a plan and purpose—not only for the carpet—but also for each of you. I understand how confusing things can be, so I’ve personally come on his behalf to clear things up. If you insist on your own way, you’ll miss what the carpet—and you—were created for. But if you’ll take my father at his word, you’ll begin to experience reality as he intended it to be.”

 

So what color is the carpet?

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