A lens is something that assists you in seeing. Glasses have lens. Sunglasses do to. They allow us to see things in front of ourselves much clearer than our eyes can do on their own. Lenses assist us in seeing the world that is before us.
So what lens do you see the world through? What lens do you see people through? What lens do you see policy and politics through? What lens do you see money through? What lens do you see through?
In the last couple of weeks, I have heard people speaking of the variety of lenses they see the world through. They don’t use this language, but their arguments, language, and actions show everyone else what lens they look at the world through.
Instead of spending time identifying what these lenses are, I’m going to get right to the point – mostly because all of the other lenses are scratched at best, or detrimental to our vision at worst.
If we are followers of Jesus, we have been given a lens to look at the world through – the Jesus lens. We are called to look through this lens for anything that is occurring in the world, or in our lives. Not sure what to do? Look through the Jesus lens. Not sure if a policy is in alignment with the teachings of Christ? Look through the Jesus lens.
The Jesus lens offers us a couple of questions to help us see the world more clearly.
1. Is this assisting us to follow Jesus? How is this making me/us into disciples?
2. How are we able to see Jesus in the other by adopting these practices and beliefs?
I challenge you to apply these questions, to put on this lens, when you look at what is going on in your own life. I challenge you to apply this lens to your politics, your ideology, your beliefs.