Thursday, March 5, 2020
The American philosopher, Ken Wilber, has some significant things to say about perspective. He uses a great example to talk about perspective. We can take a three-year-old child, show them a ball that is blue on one side and red on the other, and spin it slowly so the child can see both colors. Then we stop with the blue side facing the child and ask what color they are seeing, most often the child can answer, “Blue.” But then when we ask the child what color we, on the other side of the ball, are seeing, most often the child will say, “Blue.” Why? Because children, at that age, are unable to understand different perspectives. Wilber calls much of our modern life “aperspectival madness.”
James reminds us of the perspective of God who sees abundant wealth in poverty, strength in weakness, and beauty amidst what the world considers ugly. When tempted to see things any other way, he challenges us not to give in. When we give into temptation, it is assuming the perspective of death. James is asking us to see from the perspective of life … the perspective of perfect freedom born of faith in God.
As we face uncertainty in our world … in our nation and civic life … in our church, I am challenging us to assume a different perspective. The perspective of God. It is a perspective that sees value in each and every child of God. It is a perspective that sees value in every rock, every tree, every blade of grass in all of creation. It is a perspective that, if we could see it, would help us learn to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. It is the perspective of Christ.
So today, I am asking you to join me in contemplating a new perspective. How does God see our world? How does God see the most challenging person in our life? How does God see you?
God, give us eyes to see and ears to hear from your perspective. Amen.