by Noel Bouché
We live in an “either/or” age. More than ever, our channels and platforms of communication foster our fallen tendency to divide ourselves and negatively define concepts and identities through social exclusion and simplistic reduction. “You’re either _____ or _____.” “Is she _____ or _____?” “Is he a _____ or _____ supporter?” “Is that a _____ or _____ idea?” “I have to a pursue _____ or _____ job/church/school/spouse/
Yet, we are called to focus on the expansive “and” of the One Who is our Creator and Redeemer. Here are just a few examples:
the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1): God is Lord of all, and this provides hope.
evening and morning (Genesis 1:5): God is Lord of time, and this provides rest.
male and female (Genesis 1:27): God is Lord of men and women, and this provides respect.
righteousness and justice (Psalm 89:14): God is Lord of the personal and communal, and this provides purpose.
the foreigner and the native (Leviticus 24:22): God is Lord of all peoples, and this provides compassion.
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Matthew 22:32): God is Lord of all generations, and this provides unity.
Jew and Gentile (Romans 10:12): God is Lord of reconciliation, and this provides harmony.
wisdom and understanding (Isaiah 11:2): God is Lord of revelation, and this provides vision.
love and faithfulness (Psalm 85:10): God is Lord of passion and patience, and this provides trust.
faithful and true (Revelation 19:11): God is Lord of steadfastness and strength, and this provides peace.
We can choose to live in the expansive freedom and reconciliation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, rather than the narrow confines of criticism and condemnation.
You, and I, can experience this today.