I listened to a podcast this morning and the speaker was essentially raising objections to how we tend to Classify and therefore Relate to Wrongdoing.
Far too often when something wrong is pointed out, some people rush to jump in to point fingers at something else to create a sort of foil to try to either reduce the severity of the original incident or draw attention away from it.
He put it most succinctly that they try to set up a comparison of ‘Either This Or That’ when it is actually a case of ‘This AND That’ – don’t worry, I’m just about to clarify what that means.
He was specifically speaking to Christians and how they view the main contenders in the 2020 American Presidential Election (but I saw something in there for everyone else concerned).
While the Right would point out the Left’s positions on abortion as unconscionable for example, the Left would point out the boorishness of Trump and the influence his attitude has on the country to try and stir up negative sentiments toward Trump and his Party.
He pointed out that while it is true that Trump can be obnoxious, boastful, and abrasive to some extent – which are truly not in line with Christian values – the other camp advocates for things such as abortion ‘rights’ which permit the killing of unborn vulnerable children who bear the image of God.
Weighing even just these 2 sets of objections against each other, only an uneven scale would rank them to be at the same level even though they BOTH are wrong. Being obnoxious AND pro-abortion is wrong, but the impact of the former is not equal to that of the latter so equating one to the other to even say “They’re both horrible” isn’t completely true.
In a tweet this past weekend the gospel artiste Lecrae asked:
“What if the Christians who want to reduce the number of abortions, supported funding health care for women, dealt with the systemic racism that creates poverty for women of color, and addressed the income gap between white people and people of color[?]”
Even putting the politically charged rhetoric aside for a moment (no matter how flawed it is) he set up an ‘Either/Or’ by proposing an alternative to advocating against abortion instead of making it clear that abortion is a condemnable Wrong act, AND that issues to do with women’s health, AND any OBJECTIVE evidence of racism anywhere need to be addressed appropriately…
These are my lessons learned today:
1. Wrong is Wrong – let’s not sugarcoat this in any way if we honestly want to be done with it for good.
2. Despite the fact that all Wrong is Wrong, there are different levels to ‘Wrong’ – acknowledging this, though, isn’t wrong
3. Pointing out another Wrong thing to refute the ‘wrongness’ of the original Wrong thing is in and of itself WRONG. Wrongs don’t ‘cancel out’ to give you a Right
4. That someone doesn’t make as much noise over one aspect of Wrong as they can another, doesn’t necessarily invalidate their passion about their main concern. (I confess, I sometimes fall afoul of this myself in debating Feminists – it’s been a welcome surprise finding out that not all Feminists hate men and wish to subjugate them…but since in my experience they’re in the tiny minority, I still wonder why they won’t come to join us so we can all be Women’s Rights Advocates together
Seriously though, I think it is about time we subscribe to an Absolute Truth on these hot seat issues instead of insisting on coloring them by our biases.
– Just because it’s your friend today doesn’t make it any better than if it was a stranger.
– Just because you know Why that person did what they did doesn’t change the wrongness of their action.
– Just because you love someone, though, doesn’t mean you cannot speak the truth about their actions or stance to them.
It is difficult, but let’s tell the truth people.