We’ve all got it and we all use it. Every day. Now, you may be thinking, “How’s that??” Well, you exercise faith every day that you drive your car 55 to 65 miles-per-hour towards another vehicle hurtling towards you at the same speed, believing that the other person in that vehicle will stay in their lane and not hit you head-on. It takes faith to believe that the plane you just got air-born in will stay in the air and not plummet to the ground. It takes faith to sit in a barber’s chair and believe that the barber with the sharp razor will give you a clean shave and not slit your throat. Even faith in another human being whom you are counting on to follow through with something you need them to do for you. That’s faith.
Can you see it? It’s called “perspective” and it’s a powerful thing. One definition of perspective is “a mental view or prospect”. I imagine that you can already see how we limit, set and change such things in our lives. I hope that you can also see how important it is that we each have the right perspective. That line can be hard to draw, but what if we could know what the right perspective is on something, even if we don’t agree with it? The problem is, if we don’t agree about something, our perspectives are already different and we are already prone to having a wrong perspective.
There’s an angle to this issue of perspective, however, that many don’t appreciate or even see: there can be more than one right or wrong perspective! Take an accident scene, for example. Three different people saw the same accident, but all from different perspectives. What makes them right or wrong? They all saw the same thing happen. What determines who’s right and who’s wrong? They could all be right, correct? What the police officer does is take all three perspectives of these three witnesses and put them together to see what kind of a complete picture they make. What each saw happen and how they saw it unfold will play a huge part in piecing together the events of the accident scene. Are there aspects of these three different perspectives that are similar or different? And how important are those similarities and differences? What about the character of the people with those different perspectives? Any of them prone to lying or exaggerating? What kind of a mental state were they in: depressed and down or excited and upbeat? So you can see how something as “simple” as perspective actually has many layers to it that can get very complex very quickly.
So let’s keep this focused on faith for just one more minute (and consider this as my perspective). We’re seeing God move through revival in our local churches and community right now. Our mayor and two judges are a part of this as well as the local high school football team (thirty-five of which accepted Jesus into their hearts and 13 of those got baptized two days later). I’ve even been told that in all of the cities that this movement has been in, at some point there has been interaction with angels. So obviously, there is anticipation of that same thing happening here. Some people will look at that and write it off as emotionalism or some other “ism” that makes them feel justified in their perspective on this. But that doesn’t make null and void the experience that these people have had with the living God through Jesus Christ.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with a theory.