View From God's Tree
View From God's Tree
By; Danny Wallace
Blame is the opposite of praise. It is the act of censuring, holding responsible, or making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible. When someone is “morally responsible” for doing something wrong, we deem their action to be blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing right, we may say that such a person's actions are praiseworthy. There are many trivial examples such as praising someone’s good dress sense and then blaming the weather for a crop failure.
We see the world and people through very distinct blinders. A dear friend reminded me not long ago of an old Andy Griffith Show episode where a small group of filmmakers came to Mayberry. The director could be seen strolling through Mayberry looking at specific sights and scenes through a “faux camera” he made by extending his arms and looking through a square formed with his hands. Young Opie noticed this right away and began to do the same with his hands, hoping to discover the art of filmmaking.
My second book, “MAN’S CAGE UNDER GOD’S TREE” speaks to this very issue. Man’s cage is nothing more than seeing the world and God’s precious creation through our very small, and limited “faux camera.” Each person and each organization have their arms extended, and their fingers pointed, peering through their lens, proud of what the camera reveals. The Fundamentalists have one, and the Charismatics have another. The Liberals have one lens, and the Conservatives have another version. The Gays have one, and the Straights have one. We each believe that others should see the world and its people through our particular camera’s eye of “who and what” shall be acceptable. Such narrow thinking is the heart of man’s cage. Over the entrance of each cage is a sign that reads, “In here, you are free to be like me.”
Jesus came that we might all rush to do with those self-righteous cameras what Holy Ghost preachers were doing with Elvis Presley records in the 50’s. We need to crush them under our feet and throw them into the fire. I have looked at life through the narrow and judgmental lens of religion only to find my own heart burdened down with the petty emotion of anger that such judgment brings. However, I can tell you that the scene grew no broader when viewed through the lens of my making. Within its scope, there was only room for an elite few.
I want what Jesus came to give us freely. I want to crush and burn my view and my judgment for the opportunity of seeing life and others through the glory of His loving eyes. I want to see as Jesus sees. I want to hate, judge, and criticize others to the exact level that my Lord did when He walked among us. Likewise, I want to bless, love, and forgive others with the passion and vision of destiny that Jesus offered the most unworthy of humanity – beginning with me.
Evil men with a hidden agenda blamed the adulterous woman. Jesus, with a heart full of love that was destined to set her free, blessed her – loved her – and forgave her every transgression. Those with the heart of fools rush to blame. Those with the heart of God give broken hearts strong wings to fly to the top of God’s Tree. The view is always better there.