Abundant Ambiguity

By: Susan Bea Good

Few people have the “black or white” perspective. These confident individuals have strong opinions about right and wrong, and usually don’t like to acknowledge the possibility of a “grey area.”

One of my first college professors often used the term “ambiguous.” I had never heard of it. What was ambiguous?… I had wondered, but managed to live decades without a definition. As I’ve finally learned, ambiguous is a great descriptive of the “grey areas”…things that are unclear, uncommitted, and easily confused.

This winter I have found most weather forecasts to be ambiguous. Snowfall of between 2-12 inches is not clear enough for me!

Politicians are usually ambiguous…able to promise everything, but unwilling to be responsible for anything. Pastors are sometimes unwilling to commit to a clear, immovable, truth-based foundation. These leaders cause a lot of harm to individuals and communities who are badly affected by their ambiguity.

It’s so common to be confused that at times truth seem unknowable…but it’s not. Ambiguity is just a device to deceive.

I lived many years in close proximity to a master deceiver. His methods were, cause conflict, confuse the truth, corner the clear-thinker, then crush the weak. Any who fell at “confuse” soon found themselves “crushed.” Sadly, all who are caught up with a master deceiver eventually find themselves damaged. Adding to this common tragedy, is the fact that most onlookers will not take the time to sort through the confusion…lessons are missed, and justice seems lost.

Do not be confused by ambiguity…it wants to crush you!

To those with open eyes, truth can be clear. When it is, hold on to it. I think I’m due for a call to my mother, she always seems to know the truth!

“…the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy 2:7/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.

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