Can we only see what we already believe? There is a debate (supposedly) in Congress right now about the funding of our Federal government. If you listen to Fox news, it’s the Democrats who are refusing to compromise. If you listen to MSNBC the Republicans are at fault for the government shutdown. Each side is completely convinced that its opinion is on the side of right, not right as in the Left or the Right, but right versus wrong. Can either side even hear the arguments of the other?
There is also a debate in the world about the nature of our existence as people. There are those who believe in God. There are those who insist that God and all things referring to Him need to be expunged from the landscape, be it urban or otherwise. Each side is convinced of its beliefs, or the total absence of belief, in God.
I want so much to break through the divide and get the opposing sides talking to each other. Right now they are completely adept at talking at each other and forming their arguments in response to what they expect the other side is thinking while they are saying it.
In other words, is anyone out there listening?
I fear not, and it depresses me.
I fully admit that I have taken sides, at least in regards to the question about God. I totally believe in Him and in His plan for our salvation and that if we all accepted Him and lived by His example, the world would be so much of a better place. But I really still want to listen to those who think differently. I want to understand, maybe in hopes that they will do the same, or maybe so that I can better know their arguments so that I may refute them. I don’t honestly know my true motivation. I hope that it is love that spurs me on. I do acknowledge that my heart is on fire with what I believe is the greatest news in all the world, and I want to share it with everyone who will listen. I want everyone to see what I see, not because I want to force my vision on everyone else, but because it’s so wonderful, it’s so important, and it’s so available to anyone who chooses to accept it.
Maybe that’s the way the other side sees it too. I don’t know.