Photographer Sue Thomson with Home, Corporate, & Church Based Art plus Poetry and Christian Perspectives
SNAPSHOT #6: I CHOOSE GRAY!
I had written this as a church newsletter article, as we were transitioning from one pastor to another. I remember one woman was incensed by what I wrote and mocked me saying, “YOU choose GRAY????” She then threateningly told me to just wait until the new pastor came! He would sit me down and set me straight! That never happened. I had asked the president of the Church Council to pre-approve my article, prior to it being printed, and afterwards, the new pastor gave me his blessing, shortly after its printing. Always work to stand for what you believe. Find others who will stand with you, and then stand strong, but always do it with love. Here is what I wrote:
So many people want the world to be
black and white…
right or wrong…
for or against…
and the truth is that when there is more black and white than gray,
there is much less room for tolerance and acceptance.
Ephesians 4:2 says,
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (NIV)
So if we worried less about
right or wrong, for or against, or black and white,
there would be much more gray space, and so much more room for love!
Romans 14:13 says,
“Forget about deciding what’s right for each other.
Here’s what you need to be concerned about:
that you don’t get in the way of someone else,
making life more difficult than it already is.” (MSG)
“Cultivate your own relationship with God,
but don’t impose it on others.” (MSG)
Imagine if we all embraced the middle ground.
There would much less room for divisiveness!
We must continue to remind ourselves
not to worry about judging others.
Instead, we need only to worry about ourselves.
It is then that we can truly become vessels
of God’s unconditional love and acceptance,
just as He had always planned!