Beyond Binary Choices

I think we like binary choices.  Very often, we are not particularly fond of nuance and broader perspectives.  Binaries are easier.  They don’t require as much from us.  It’s one of the reasons I have come to believe that some churches, especially non-denominational churches, are growing.  They tend to offer binary choices.  They tend (and I am only speaking about tendency  ─ this is certainly not true of all), to offer “THE” answers rather than journey and exploration.

But the older I get, the more I am drawn to non-binary thinking.  The older I get, the more I find myself attracted to those who offer bigger vision and help move us towards the possibilities of more than just two options; either this or that.

I’m grateful in that regard for the work of the Commission on A Way Forward.  As I read their report to the Council of Bishops, I continued to be pleased with their ability to think between and beyond the “poles” we sometime place upon ourselves, and I embrace their invitation to think creatively about our future together.

While I must confess I sometimes struggle to see that way forward, I believe it’s critical that we continue to remain honest about the significant divide we face. I am grateful for those who invite us to imagine ─ beyond the binary ─ toward new possibilities of hope and life.


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