Monday, March 5, 2007

Color and contrast

My dad spent his career in the engineering side of television.  He started as a cameraman for NBC after World War II and he was in the vanguard of TV.  He actually built their first home TV set from parts.  Later, when I was young we had one of the first color televisions in our neighborhood.  People would come over from nearby homes to watch the few shows broadcast in color and they'd be amazed at the difference color made to the picture.  I'm sure many of you remember when most shows were broadcast in black and white.  This morning I was thinking about the importance of the black and white picture.  Color is closer to the actual sight we see, so it's more accurate to the eye.  But, sometimes black and white can make a clearer picture because it's all about contrasts.  I suppose my point is this: While we appreciate the beauty and the glory of a world full of depth, dimension and color we need to remember that we move through a spiritual world of sharp contrasts.  There truly is but one true God and one way to come to Him (through Jesus).  There certainly is a natural life for us and there is also a supernatural, eternal life.  Just as God lives, so He has established right and wrong.  We experience fear and faith, honesty and dishonesty, love and hate, peace and disquiet.  We live in a world of color but we also live in a world of stark contrasts.  We must come to grips with the "black and white" picture of life to fully enjoy the color.
Romans 2:14-16 (The Message Version) When outsiders who have never heard of God's law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God's law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God's yes and no, right and wrong. Their response to God's yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman. The Message from God that I proclaim through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences.


Rob Smith

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