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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black Or White

A result is black or white. It is the conclusion, the consequence, the outcome, the end-all. It is the final determination of the sequence of events, processes, decisions and choices made prior to the finish.
A result is the final determination without recourse. It is black or white.

A reason is an excuse: a thought or a consideration offered in support of a determination or an opinion; that which is offered or accepted as an explanation. A reason or excuse is an area of gray matter, depending collectively on perception, conception, judgement and justification. An excuse is designed to alleviate or cast doubt upon the accountability and responsibility for a result. It will involve a person's ability to rationally explain events and logically recall circumstances in order to either justify or to negate guilt in a matter.

Given time any person will create an excuse for any given action.

I am given to making decisions without fully ascertaining the consequences and at times I make choices merely upon feelings and personal opinion. There is a result to these decisions and choices. They are black and white and unchangeable. Seldom do I worry about providing an explanation, a reason or an excuse for the decisions I have made. I will reap the benefits or the suffering as a result.

However, there are times in a man's life when he is held accountable for those decisions made and an answer must be given for the choices in the process. 

As it stands right now, I currently am being asked for just that thing, an accountability, and I am perplexed.
I have no reason. I chose a course of action which seemed right. I cannot justify it, I have no excuse, and really I have not given the time and effort to accurately and concisely derive the root cause for the choice I made. The final result is yet undetermined, but, there have been consequences along the way. The either/or of those consequences is history, the either/or of the upcoming decision is undetermined.

It is in the reason that I find the difficulty. I do not wish to make an excuse, but, I would like to offer an explanation, at least be able to understand the whyfore's of my initial reaction and subsequent actions. There are a pile of reasons, the sum of the parts may not equal the whole, but nothing of the parts exists which is validating as an excuse or justification of the result. I remember an old proverb which states, 'a man with a defense, needs one' and it is so true. We always seem to have to have a defense, a plausible justification for our actions. It takes work to build a defense, to mount an explanation, to provide an excuse. The reason is we have to muddle through all the gray to determine the black or white of an issue, 'the ends must justify the means'.

Accepting black or white requires either whitewashing one or blackening another. There is a hidden message in the choice of those words. We either need to absolve our wrongdoings, highlighting our righteousness, or we must blacken the decisions of others, casting aspersions upon their choices and decisions.

Neither of these options really undo any results, nor settle issues, nor resolve personal dilemmas.

Explanations should be developed as a means of understanding each other, a way of creating and fostering mutual considerations for individual differences and opinions. Creating excuses only seeks to place barriers upon understanding. Excuses put insurmountable walls of bitterness, spite and ignorance as a fortress around feelings, perceptions and truth.

John 15:22, "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin."

The bottom line in any conflict is that at least one party in the conflict has sinned. We can make things dark or expose them to the light.  "... all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." It is light that make every thing visible.

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