What are the colors of the dress? This simple question sparked a large conversation in many social media sites across the internet. Most of it was fun and lighthearted. Unfortunately, some of the conversations were not so. But, it did bring to mind the issue that assails us every day. Perception. Specifically in this case, how we see color in our world. (One of my dear friends is color blind, very much seeing the world in gray scale, and trying to adapt to world that uses color for so many things. It’s best not to let him drive if the stoplights are hung sideways, and watch out for those 7, 8, and 9 multi turn lights). Look at how heated some of these discussions became, simply over a dress and its colors.
I bring up this issue, because the very nature of perception is one of the key factors in existing together. We all have our own perceptions. They are shaped over time based on our friends and family, our experiences, our learning, our views of one leader over another, and so many other aspects. The problem comes when we decide that our perception is the only correct perception, and anyone else is simply wrong. Several research articles suggested that in the case of the color of the dress that about 25% of people are tetrachromats (having 4 types of cones in the eyes and able to differentiate a wider variety of colors), while nearly 50% of people are trichromats, and 25% are dichromats. Hence, we have a large split in the perception of the colors of the dress.
In a similar manner this is representative of much of our lives. Politically, socially, and theologically we tend to fall in certain groupings. Ultimately, this is not a bad thing. Except when reality happens and we are faced with the results of our political, social, and theological views. Look at wide variety of churches and denominations of Christianity in the United States alone. Look at our political system that is currently very divisive. Look at the struggles and outrage over social issues.
The saddest part is that these are not new. Just read the Bible to see how far we have not come. Then remember that what is in the Bible was not new to humanity when it happened. And so, we come to the great issues that divide the church locally, regionally, and nationally. Our perceptions of what is right and wrong continue to separate us often causing painful rifts. My perception is that God is always greater than anything that seeks to tear us apart. But, we are called to fully trust in that, and that is the problem, because we cannot agree on how we perceive God to be greater. And, we continue to assure ourselves that God perceives exactly as we do.
There is hope for all of us. Jesus Christ. There is always hope, for Christ was before all of us, Christ was with us, Christ is with us, and Christ will be forevermore.
Blessings and Peace,
Announcing Bennett Ethan Hunt, born Feb. 28th to Jana & Kyle Hunt. He is the grandson of Steve & Barb Esker, great grandson of Rod & Thilerna French. They wish to thank the congregation for all their prayers. Bennet weighed 7 lbs. and was 20" long.
A joint meeting with Deacons and Elders was held on February 12. The Sessionj meetings now include a Devotional and Leadership Education section offering time for reflection and discernment in the leading of the congregation. We are undergoing some changes in the format of the Session meetings to make them more concise and more meaningful.
Discipleship gave us a calendar of events for the upcoming months that is designed to bring greater fellowship between our members. Please plan on attending these events. If you haven't had a 3rd Wednesday meal hosted by Linda and Brad Kunz, you are really in for a treat!
The church sign has been installed, there have been a few "glitches" but we hope to have it running very soon. We will make the first payment on March 15.
As Pastor Jeff seys, "Our Church is Under Construction". The committees are working hard to address both the needs of our church and the needs of our community. If you have any questions or suggestion, please talk with an Elder or Pastor Jeff.
Jodee Kleb, Clerk of Session