My youngest daughter offered a bit of sage advice a few weeks ago, on how perspective can be slanted based on who is telling the story.
As we sat on the sofa watching a Tom & Jerry cartoon. She said, "I always go for Tom." A bit flustered I asked "What?" Her response, with confidence, was, "I root for Tom!" She explained, "He is a house cat, the mouse is stealing from his owner, and he is just doing what house cats are supposed to do." A light bulb went off in my head, and then I looked at Tom in a whole new light. He is simply doing what he was designed to do.
Since Jerry is a cute cartoon-ized mouse, in which the writers of the cartoon decided to make the hero, we tend to like him. However, in the world we live in, we would loathe Jerry and would try to exterminate him with extreme prejudice if he were ransacking our fridge in the middle of the night. There is even an idiom for success and ingenuity that urges us to "Build a better mousetrap." So how did we come to love to find ourselves duped into loving a cute cuddly, thief? It's all about the perspective the storyteller decides to paint in our minds. We live in a world where there is also a storyteller, who wants to blind our perception of God. The Bible calls this storyteller out as "the god of this world."
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
He perverts the story, painting the idea that what is wrong should be viewed as right, and what is right should be viewed as what is wrong. This is why we must fight to hear what the God of the Universe says concerning our lives and how to live. He sent Christ to show us his glorious plan to build a relationship with humanity, and he has enlisted those who believe in Him, to tell the story of His love with our very lives.
5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
Today, I encourage you to start telling the story that this dark world needs to hear and painting the perspective the world needs to see lived out with the brush strokes of our lives.