Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Gridlock. Stalemate. Entrenched. Lines drawn in the sand. We all agree that these terms describe the style and atmosphere of our nation’s capitol. We all agree this atmosphere must change in order for our country to be healed. It is my observation that, unfortunately, these terms also describe much of the fiber of our national population of which each of us is a part.
In reflecting on this phenomenon, I share with you the wisdom of a colleague, Rabbi Ann White, hospital chaplain in Tampa. Ann writes:
“Many of these heated discussions are (because) we keep the lens too small … we dig into black and white positions with the mindset of division rather than allowing for the rainbow of colors and the mindset of inclusion. We have to open the lens to see their entire world.”
“Let me give an example of what I mean by lens, or loosening our grip. If you were to roll up a piece of paper into an old-fashioned telescope and look through it, what would you see? Do it now, just to get my point. You see a piece of this, a part of that. Now loosen your grip and what do you see? A broader piece of the view. Now let go and open your eyes with no grip (on the paper): you see the entire scene.”
“I think many of our heated arguments are fueled by gripping bits and pieces of fact too tightly. We set the lens too small. We miss the big picture. We purposefully look (for) division rather than allowing the picture to unfold fully so we can see it from all angles.”
“Loosen the grip. By opening the lens … we can understand what divides us so we can instead forge and create what we have in common as a goal.”
Remember, the entire planet, us included, is united in (God’s) Oneness.