Controversy and Tunnel Vision

Having grown up in the church I’ve certainly witnessed and occassionaly been apart of “blowing an issue out of proportion.”  I found this quote on The Reformed Evangelist and felt it appropriate to share here . . .

Controversy, even for good causes, tends to create tunnel vision and to breed ungodly attitudes. We make one mountain into the whole mountain range, or one molehill into a mountain. What we see, or think we see, consumes our minds. We lose sight of the mountain range, the context in which both mountain and molehill can be seen and weighted for what they are. We may be exactly right about our particular issue, but narrowed truth becomes unbalanced truth. It loses the ability to listen and be corrected. Narrowed truth becomes half-truth, and broadly false. Narrowed truth loses love and the redemptive modus operandi. As it does so, it become reactive error. It becomes increasingly distorted. It becomes a vehicle for interpersonal conflict and self-righteousness. (David Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes, p. 32)

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