From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Sometimes I get so stuck in my own head, opinions, and perceptions that I forget that I am one person, standing in one place, at one time. My perspective and opinion is limited—and can be prejudiced.
On Wednesday at the Lent series, Race and Land, I had an experience where my perception was changed because my point of view shifted. I was shocked to discover that a state senator whom I had completely written off as uncaring, had in fact, been a co-sponsor of the legislation which seeks to simplify the process for changing deeds to expunge racist restrictions. My point of view was dislodged and I could see this person anew.
In this Sunday’s Epistle lesson, Paul writes to the Corinthians about how followers of Christ should not regard other people from a human point of view. As Christians, we must allow others and ourselves to be seen from Christ’s perspective. Each of us is a new creation.
That means I’ve got to dust off my stereotypes and the boxes I have placed on others. I’ve got to stop viewing myself as an old dog, unable to learn new tricks. I’ve got to set aside the comparisons I impose on myself and others. Seeing anew allows us to be open to creation and creativity, to the grace and redemption of God. Fitting work for Lent.
The Reverend Lisa Hunt, Rector