Clashes of Ideology and the Invitation to Love... (Originally written for the Centre for Christian Formation and Discipleship.)
This quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald always makes me think:
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
How would you say your nation is currently passing Fitzgerald’s test? How about our world?
Across the globe, humanity is collectively holding the tension of warring ideologies: beliefs, philosophies, systems of thought, politics, economics, controversies, etc. Our families, societies, communities, the Church, and our nations bear this strain bodily. I’d suggest that we are not functioning well. I’ll admit, there are days, I don’t function either. How about you?
If you’re like me, you long for relief from the stress, the unknowns, and the subtle adrenaline created by disturbing news, daily death tolls, and social media arguments. But, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
So, what if we viewed the deep disagreements of the world as a counter-intuitive opportunity?
It’s at this fragile point of connection, where one opposing idea meets the other, that the deepest invitation to love is offered… because that oppositional thought always comes with bones and skin on it, in the form of another person...
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