The Lens Check

Lens Challenge

This past weekend I shared a challenge to take time each day to think about the decisions we made throughout the day and determine what lens we used to make that decision. The lens of culture or the lens of God’s truth.

Romans 12:2  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

If you didn’t get a chance to hear the message you can check it out here. You can also download the challenge here.  Let me know how it goes!

Lenses

When I put on my glasses in the morning, it only takes a few moments before I adjust to them and forget that I have them on. Same thing with sunglasses; at first I notice the tint, but after a while I forget that everything I am seeing is being distorted by the color of my lenses. There have even been experiments done where people are given glasses that invert what they are seeing. They are viewing everything upside down! Yet, after a while, our brain rewires its signals and we begin to interpret upside down as right side up.

Here’s the problem. Everyone views the world through a virtual set of lenses—they color and shape everything we see. These virtual lenses are created by our beliefs, experiences, biases, political leanings, culture, etc. Most of the time we are completely unaware of how they are shaping and coloring the way we view the world. This reality comes to light when two people begin looking at the same thing and realize that it looks very different to each other.

Have you ever wondered why two people can look at God and the Bible and come away with completely different takes?

Lenses.

What if rather than viewing the Bible and God through our experiences, beliefs, biases, political ideas, economic situation, and culture…we viewed our experiences, beliefs, biases, political ideas, economic situation, and culture through the lenses of the Bible instead?

In this series we are going to attempt to do something very difficult, but ultimately extremely healthy; we are going to identify the lenses we wear and attempt to remove them.