Black and white

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Some people see things only in black and white. Forget the color or the tints and hues that make up the true picture of reality. “My mind is made up,” they may say, “don’t confuse me with the facts.”

But then others refuse any white or black at all in their worldview. Everything is subjective, dependent on their personal definition of reality. After all, don’t we all see color differently? For them, any defining truths are refused. For them as well, “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts”.

An accurate view of reality includes both perspectives. By analogy, when we wear polarizing sunglasses less visual information is received by our eyes, but the information that is allowed through helps us see a better, more detailed view. Black and white photography is like that. It takes us back to the basics of composition and detail, allowing us to see more than meets the initial subjective eye. This is true for both portrait and landscape photography.

An accurate view of God’s revelation to us in the Bible is like that too. The basics of composition and detail are found in who God is, His holiness, justice, goodness and lovingkindness to us (among many other “defining details”). Jesus was black and white about who He was. “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6), and “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30). But the colorful outworking of salvation can be found in such passages as Philippians 2:13, “…it is God who is at work in you to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

Starting with the black and white, we can better discern the details of God’s dynamic lifelong interaction with us – the true color of our lives.


Image courtesy of Daniel Helms

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