It always brings me up short when I encounter people who see the world as black or white. The dividing line for them is sharply defined. Nothing in between.
Funny — these are often folks who would be shocked to be considered “judgmental” because on many issues they aren’t at all judgmental. It’s situational. And they’re very quick to pronounce judgment in those circumstances.
I’ve been cursed with the ability to see shades of grey. I’ve seen them all my life. The positives and the negatives are are both equally clear to me in almost any situation. Can you imagine how hard was to learn how to make decisions?
But it also colors how I view current events.
Let’s take this new Pope, because a lot’s been written about him. He’s initiated reforms that by Church standards are HUGE. Here’s the operative term: “by Church standards.” I think he deserves a boatload of credit. Still, I read pieces criticizing him for not going far enough. I want to rebut, “Seriously? You think he can immediately modernize a 2,000 year-old church with traditions so weighed down by custom and mindlessness they can hardly be lifted?” I’m just thrilled to see him chipping away at some of the most important reforms. Like eliminating the corruption in the Vatican Bank. And bringing a more humane attitude toward social issues about which the Catholic Church has been tone deaf forever.
I’m not a Pope apologist, but I can see that the guy is like the captain of a huge ship trying to turn it in a new direction. It ain’t easy. And I appreciate that. Blessings on him, that’s what I say.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, not for people and not for institutions. There are situations and extenuating situations. The big picture is always there if we want to see it. I’m surprised that more people don’t want to look.
Why do you think that is?