I think there are some N-words we should consider getting rid of.

But nuance isn’t one of them.

Not every issue should force you to choose a faction and only see things from that faction’s perspective.

Not everyone on the “other side” should be boogey-manned, demeaned, and dismissed as someone unworthy of your time and energy.

Not every answer to the hard questions is as simple as a “Yes” or “No”.

Not every problem can be solved simply by applying your camp’s political policies alone.

I’m gonna stop there before this starts to look like a rant.

Whether we like it or not, many issues can’t be painted adequately using only black and white. Sometimes, there are multiple shades of gray (no pun intended), along with other colors, that make up the entirety of the painting. And to ignore this fact is to truncate one’s own understanding on a number of levels.

Think about this personally for a moment. Are you monolithic? Can you be defined with just one characteristic trait? Do you feel as an individual that you can be summed up with little to no thought? I would venture to say that the majority of you reading this would say “No”.

Yet I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that we are all guilty on some level of doing this to others, especially those we disagree with. It’s much easier for us to buy into a caricature of “the other” than to put in the work of actually getting to know and understand them.

It takes a whole lot of courage, patience, and humility to use nuance when engaging with people on the other side of the fence. It is not for the faint of heart.

Ask Jesus.

I hope and pray, in light of the firestorm of divisive matters swirling around us, that the art of nuance doesn’t get totally swallowed up.