Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scapegoats and Identified Patients

Diana Butler Bass just passed along the video clip below. While somewhat dated, it has immediate application to contemporary political and religious discourse, or the lack thereof:

In my own life, I've attempted to maintain what I call a centrist stance on many controversial topics, politically, ecclesiologically, and theologically. However, just like when one straddles the median on a highway, one can expect to get hit from both directions! The video on extremism really puts out there the idea that simply identifying a person or group as "the problem" is both a vast oversimplification and also lets us off the hook. We're all the problem, and we're all the solution. I am reminded that Jesus reportedly said "take the log out of your own eye and you will see better how to remove the speck from your brother's eye." We seem to have more than our fair share of "speck spotters" and very few "log removers."

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