Don’t Create Grey Matter

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I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer.  I’m not the “brightest crayon in the coloring box,” if you will. Philosophy 101 pushed the limits of my intellect. Concepts like “chairness,” edged dangerously close to brain melting depth.

I prefer to explore the simpler things; ideas that maintain a very vivid black or white identity.

Grey matter never really did much but confuse and frustrate me. Not because I believe that there is no such space as a “grey area.” Rather I never understood why so much time was spent somewhere that simply had no definitive end.

Instead of focusing on  the question we can not answer, why not focus on the answers we are already have?

For the believer in Christ, we have the answer to so much of what is now debated in society, challenged by culture and being redefined by government. And while we, as Americans, are encouraged to be welcoming, tolerant, and open-minded to those who may hold different values and beliefs, it is the Evangelical Christian Church that is not welcomed, not tolerated, and declared closed-minded and thus, it’s becoming increasingly ostracized for its’ lack of grace and Christ-like love.

This is not meant to be a political post, however politics make for the best example of the point I am trying to make, which is this:

If we, evangelical Christians, bend to any form of pressure outside of the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the “truth” and “answers” that have held so closely to and tried so hard to uphold will become blurred, diluted, and eventually nothing more than “grey matter” that is subject to subjective and personal interpretation and no longer considered perfect, holy, or inherent.

Perhaps maintaining the view that Biblical scripture is God breathed, inspired, perfect and infallible is not a popular opinion. So be it.

Jesus Christ was controversial. His claims were preposterous and provocative. He was thought outlandish, arrogant, intolerant and completely irrational.

Does not it sensibly follow then, that those who claim to be His followers have similar reputations?

The era for being singled out and labeled “one of them” has never been more fertile.

God help me, I choose to be among the few.

He calls to you too.

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About mndunn26

I recently realized that my life is somewhat of a beautiful mess. A "pollack-type-picture" if you will, of colors, experiences, and people that, despite the seeming disarray, is captivating & confusing; patterened & yet unpredictable. But most of all, it is mysteriously designed, purposed, and appointed. For what? I don't know yet... but I'm learning as I go.

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  1. Hi Meredith! Huge fan!

    Anywho, had some thoughts while reading your blog that unfairly distracted me from my studying. As one trained to work in the “grey matter” everyday, naturally I disagree with the contention that the “grey” as opposed to the black and white is necessarily a bad thing. In my humble opinion, to discount the grey is to discount complexity, context, and God-given intellectual curiosity.

    I agree that we as Believers have access to a variety of answers to some difficult questions. However, as evidenced to the volumes upon volumes that have been written on the historical and theological underpinnings of scripture, some of these answers are the result rather intense and divisive debate. Without our forbears rushing head long into the grey and embracing difficult questions of faith, I submit that we succumb to misinformation or be forced to chalk another one up to the unknowable.

    1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” I believe that we as Believers are not called to hang up our critical thinking caps as soon as we enter the fold. Rather, as a matter of humility, I believe we ought to acknowledge our doubts, fears, and “grey matter.” As a result, I think the area of common ground upon which effective ministry is built is greatly expanded.

    In my opinion, those Believers who embrace the grey by investigating and informing themselves are able to better weather the storms of faith – whether brought on by discouragement or a scientific breakthrough.

    Therefore, perhaps tolerance and open-mindedness, stripped of their political baggage, yield a more humble Believer. Are there spiritual truths that we can use as a foundation for this ongoing journey? Absolutely. But I would argue that stubbornly clinging to the black and white will only serve to make one more similar to every other person in the world who also claims to have all the answers – rather unlike the “outcasts” with whom Jesus kept company.

    Thanks for reading! Hope you and Tob are doing well.

    • Wow, solid response. I agree with every point you make. Thanks for taking the time to respond in such detail and to challenge me.

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