Why is it so important to draw lines in the sand? Too many people enjoy the illusion that the world can easily be divided into two camps – friend or enemy; republican or democrat; right or wrong; saint or sinner. It feels good and right to declare that people are either with us or against us. Why do things like change, diversity and difference scare us so much? Is it possible that we are hard wired to be afraid of diversity in ethnicity, faith, politics and ideological points of view?
Concepts like middle ground, compromise and grey areas are all too often seen as positions which immature or unenlightened folks take. If the definition of maturity includes fear of diversity and an unwillingness to change my mind, then I am not interested in maturity.
Could it be that the opposite is true? Immature people draw lines, never change their mind, and want the world to be full of people who look the same, believe the same and think the same.
Why would anyone vote for a politician who refuses to change their stance? Why go to a church where the pastor(s) never grow in their understanding of theology, God and what the church is called to? What fun is it living in a community where everyone looks the same or eats the same food or worships in the same way?
I like the Apostle Paul’s image of the body in 1 Corinthians 12. We are not all the same. As a matter of fact it is our differences that make us one! Embracing differences (diversity) means that any lines we draw should be easily erased and moved because chances are we should not have drawn the line in the first place.
Can you imagine a world where compromise was the norm? Church would be healthy and healing, politics would be helpful and honest, and battles over religion would be non-existent.