Is it always a case of “is it right or is it wrong?”
I don’t want to downplay the aspects of right and wrong; certainly there are such. To deny such would be to deny the state of “absolute” as well as that state of “sin.”
So while a negation of those concepts is NOT the intent of this blog, it should be noted that such concepts of “right” and “wrong” can often masks the concepts of personal responsibility.
Here’s what I’m getting at: often we look at our actions and declare them as right (usually) or wrong (not often.) But the greater truth is that we use these judgments as excuses and circumventions. (When we work in the field of biblical hermeneutics, we want to avoid “closed” questions: those that answer with a simple “yes” or “no.”
When we judge ourselves (or others) with a simple “right” or “wrong.” we tend to leave things in that situation, often without justice, mercy, grace, or revision.
Perhaps a better judgment than “right” or “wrong” might be that of “what can I learn from this,” “what could I have done differently,” or “what redeeming purpose can be derived from this action.”
Since living is growing … and experiencing is (or at least should be) growing, shouldn’t our goal be to learn from our experiences (as opposed to placing them on a shelf with the label “right” or “wrong”?)
After all, when we shelve them with labels, we often never turn to them again.
“Right” or “Wrong” … I don’t think so.
“What can I learn from this?” or “What could I have done differently?” Now those are questions I can LIVE with.
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