What If We Are Both Wrong?

What If We Are Both Wrong?

I grew up in Guatemala. When we lived there a civil war was being fought up in the mountains between the government and insurgent fighters. It was messy. The military and the guerrilla fighters all committed horrible atrocities.

In general, the army and its leaders have gotten the bad rap.

I read an article yesterday that a lady who made a film about the conflict is going to change the movie to properly reflect some wrong information. In the film a massacre was attributed to the army that was actually perpetrated by the guerrillas who were mad at their own people for not joining the army.

That movie was probably taken as fact by lots of people. And now it turns out parts of it were wrong.

I started thinking about how flawed human perspective is. We don’t see everything. But we always think we are so right. We think we have all the facts. Then we go out and boldly tell people they should believe what we believe.

I get it. You have to live with some sense of confidence and you can’t sit around doubting all the time. But I hear people yelling and screaming and posting hateful stuff on the internet with so much confidence. Heck, I’m guilty of it too.

I get frustrated that immigrant kids are crossing over the border. What kind of parent sends their kid into that kind of danger!? But then I realize, those kids are probably the children of some of the people I grew up with in Guatemala. (When I did counseling at an immigrant facility I actually worked with kids who I had mutual friends with.)

I hear people bashing pastors that I think really have a unique blessing from God on them. But people liberally release a tirade of hatred on someone they’ve never met. Most have never even been to the guy’s church.

The most extraordinary people I know have figured out that they don’t have it all figured out. They know they don’t have all knowledge. They haven’t seen everything. But they strive to constantly expand their perspective – even if it’s uncomfortable and may force them to re-think everything they believe.

I hate the thought that I might be wrong. But I might be. Strive to stay open and explore the world God put us in. Keep learning.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor. 13:12