TYRANNY IS THE DELIBERATE REMOVAL OF NUANCE.
The word NUANCE is from the French word meaning ‘shades’ and in this very divided world we need to appreciate different shades more than ever.
Everything has become
either/or…for/against…good/bad…black/white…true/false….right/wrong…gay/straight…us/them….in/out…Brexit/remain…Republican/Democrat…guns/no guns…Palestine/Israel…etc… If you’re not convinced just try posting your shade of perspective on anything & prepare to be trolled.
The Apostle Paul writes to the very divided multicultural church in Rome who were judging each other about certain foods, holy days and rituals. He concludes that all these things are ‘DISPUTABLE MATTERS’ or subject to NUANCE and it was the deliberate removal of any allowance for nuance that created the social pressure to ‘take sides’ in the church. He went on to teach us that in Christ there’s no Jew/gentile…male/female…slave/free… but that we are all ONE in the ‘NUANCE ALLOWING’ CHRIST JESUS
Tyranny is when I control the debate and deny you any grey because I’m addicted to black or white.
Nuance is the difference between allowing my first impressions to shut me down and realising there’s far more information and perspective here that I would benefit from knowing.
Do you like GREEN? .. if so which one?
There are over 500 official shades of green.
But that becomes over one MILLION when you factor in how we each perceive colours differently through our own unique photoreceptors (remember that internet dress?) We go to war over ‘green’ not realising that we actually all love green, just different shades.
There is no right or wrong GREEN!
God so loved the world that he didn’t create one shade of anything.
Lets not build lives or churches that deliberately remove nuance…it’s a TYRANNY.