All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one – Jesus (Matthew 5:37 NIV) Facebook allows us to post what we love while we stalk the preferences of others. Clothing, sport teams, politicians, and Bible verses flood the status stream. We can “like” a cause and somehow feel altruistic. Social network indeed mobilizes many people, but could it be that the most common attraction to it is our desire for fluid commitment? We can unlike a page, hide a friend’s statuses, and click “maybe” when invited to events. What kind of commitment is that?
In the workplace and in any area of life we find a tension between judging motives or responding judiciously. When we are in a situation that looks like it could either be a conspiracy against us or simply incompetence, how should we respond? Hanlon’s razor: Don’t chalk up to conspiracy that which can be easily explained as incompetence This saying, repeated much in years past from a computer programming genius–and personal friend–reflects a positive pragmatism when faced with opposition. Most people have little time and tolerance for true conspiracy. However, it is true that people will oppose you. Do they do this from malice? Or, do they do this from fear? The difference, according to Hanlon’s razor is indistinguishable at times. A friend of mine recently left his place of ministry leadership after spending time helping grow the ministry from its early stages, pouring out his heart and life for his church. His pastor–who was his boss and employer–seemed to have it out for him. His boss would seemingly enforce every single policy on the books against him, bending them at times against my friend when the rules worked favorably. It sure smelled like a conspiracy. To be able to take the higher ground is a freeing place to be. Worrying about motive will eat at you while deflating forgiveness and reconciliation. Motives are the unseen domain…
Greg, our pastor, spoke on Matthew 5:48. Sometimes kids get it way better than the rest of us! Here is what a child came up with: Dear God, I love you. You are relly nice to. I no I am not perfict. I wish I could be perfict like you. Love Melissa (age 6) Think this kid gets God? How about you?
Here is a loose paraphrase a good friend would quote to me on certain days… Don’t chalk up to conspiracy what can easily be explained as incompetence. So, what do you think? Discuss.