Taking Sides or choosing People?

Which way will we go?

There’s far too much talk these days about taking sides.

Perhaps the societal issues we’re dealing with are less about right and wrong and more about a spectrum? ‘Right or Wrong’ entrenches us. A spectrum moves us towards conversations, and we need more conversations right now! 

With most societal issues, there tends to be an outspoken 10% at either end of the spectrum who communicate the viewpoints we hear most. In this narrow space (again, it’s at both ends of the spectrum), there are the most podcasts recorded, books sold, speaking gigs acquired, and op-eds written. (Doesn’t it sometimes feel like they’re vying for the title of “Who Can Speak The Loudest The Longest”?) Some of what’s said can be good; much of it is not.

There’s a better way.

While there were times that Jesus, who refers to himself as “the Way,” spoke out about infractions of bedrock issues like justice, equity, and righteousness. He chose not to take sides when it came to people. From his humble earthly beginnings, Jesus’ life and ministry included vital players who society was quick to identify as extremists. His disciples include Matthew the Tax Collector (an oppressor) and Simon the Zealot (a revolutionary). Both of these “outspoken 10%,” extreme persons and their ideologies were radically transformed by the depolarizing love of Christ. Jesus came to seek and save the whole world—not just the people on our side.

If there’s a side to take, choose the Jesus way.