I’ve found that the most difficult biographies to enjoy are those that are blatantly biased. The authors’ bias blinds them from the flaws that actually add complexity and depth to the character. The truth is, “There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us” (MLK). The divisive arguments of our time remind me of a biased biography; they blind us from the ‘some evil’ in us and the ‘some good’ in others.
As strong as we may feel about what has happened in Baltimore, none of us have the full picture. We actually need each other to fully understand the complexity and depth of the task before us. I’ve learned that pain and brokenness show no favoritism to opinions, class, race, or position. And neither does healing. We all need healing. The truth is:
We all have something to contribute.
We all have something to lose.
We all have something to gain.
As Jesus taught us to love our enemies he reminded us that rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45). In the quote mentioned above, Martin Luther King ended his thought with this sentence: “When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
In all of this we are reminded that there is power in loving our enemy. But our biases can blind us from even loving our friends. You may disagree with someone else’s thoughts but it doesn’t mean they have nothing valuable to say.