What happened to the shades of gray?

I understand how many of my friends are upset with the Texas abortion law because it infringes on a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body. What irks me is labeling the motivation of such a law as designed to “take away women’s rights” or as an example of a patriarchal society’s attempt to keep women down. The reality is that the motivation is to protect the life of a fetus. No more, no less. I don’t know what happened to the world, but in the last 40 years, we have become very black and white with no understanding of the shades of gray.

My prayer today for the world is that we can have intelligent, fair discourse on these tough issues. I wanted to add passionate to that, but I think it is the passion that gets in the way. If we fail to see the best intentions in the motivations of those who disagree with us, we are a world divided that will eventually debate and battle itself into oblivion.

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.