Thursday, February 2, 2012

Agreement or Clarity?

One man said that clarifying one's opinion was of greater moral value than unanimous agreement. I think this is probably the case.

From a practical point of view, unanimity is impossible. Everyone has an opinion, and you aren't going to convince everyone else to  your way of thinking.

It is only when we are able to listen that we begin to understand from where the other is coming. The issues of life are not simple. The complex questions of life deserve a more reflective approach than is found in sound bytes, statistics, and quotations. Although many of these devices are useful to back up a point, they in an of themselves cannot be the point.

And so, as we move along together you will sometimes agree with me, and sometimes not. Agreement is not necessary, but it is vital that I clearly articulate my thoughts. We must take the quiet moments that are necessary to fully think through opinions and positions.

If clarity is our goal, then we will be less fixated upon being right. We can't all be right, but we can all be clear. And in striving for clarity, we raise the level of discourse while humbly admitting that maybe we don't have everything all figured out.

So if in the coming days you disagree, well that's ok. I'll let you be wrong.... (kidding)

And so we begin our walk together considering the big and little issues of life and God.