Life Without Filters

As children we are taught to believe in things like Santa Clause, the tooth fairy, leprechauns, and other fairy tale characters. Our parents allow us to believe these things because it helps to filter out the harshness of life but as we grow out of adolescence we realize that these childhood fantasies are untrue; in essence, we learn to remove the filters our parents applied.

As adults we view polarizing issues such as politics, religion, and race through other filters–filters we acquired from our parents, or picked up in college, or attached through personal life experiences. The reality is that we tend to view life through the filters of what we have been taught. These filters tend to skew our way of thinking by forcing us into one-sided viewpoints and keeping us from considering other possibilities.

Christianity is a great example of this; we have so many different denominations with so many different theological viewpoints that we rarely agree inter-denominationally on any of our dogmatic beliefs. Did Jesus come to earth to create a new religion? Was God’s plan to spawn thousands of differing viewpoints? We are so busy filtering out everyone else’s opinions that we never stop to think about whether or not our own viewpoints could be wrong.

So here’s the deal, from God’s perspective there is only one viewpoint. Maybe if we tossed aside these filters we could clearly see God’s purpose. Maybe if we focused more on God and less on theology we could change the world. Maybe it’s time to live life without filters.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says ADONAI. As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Is. 55:8-9 (CJB)

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