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?
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.