When We Assume

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
Isaac Asimov 

We all know that saying: “Assuming makes a [butt] out of you and out of me”.

And yet, we all have preconceived notions of what other people are like, especially those we tend to oppose.

That point really hit home today for me.

You see, I happen to work next to a politician’s office. His door is literally feet away from my office’s door. And today, there was a protest right outside our window.

Since I already know how assumptions work, I won’t tell you what they were protesting (or why me and my coworkers were ferociously laughing at times), but I will say this much; they had some assumptions about us.

For example, one of the members of my organization is a young adult. He decided to venture out and take photos of the protest (because he likes photography). People automatically assumed, because he was young, that he was a Democrat. Some people weren’t happy about a “Democrat” on their turf. Once he briefly said he wasn’t, they automatically assumed he was a Republican and suddenly welcomed him with open arms.

He is neither. He is independent.

And being an independent myself, I decided to stay indoors and watch from afar as two sides battled it out.

But isn’t it funny how they automatically assumed he must have been a Democrat simply because he was young and he had a camera?

My coworkers and I had some good laughs over this protest, but the truth is we ALL have our assumptions about others. Whether they be racially, gender-based, political, religious, or something else, we all see people on the “other side” and have assumptions about them.

As Christians, we can do this a lot with other Christians with whom we disagree.

“Oh, Bob doesn’t believe in reformed theology. He is a bad Christian because he thinks he saved himself by accepting an invitation!”

No. Bob can still be Christian and not be reformed.

“Sarah thinks baptizing babies is okay! What a heretic!”

No. Sarah is just a Paedobaptist. And that’s okay. It’s okay to be a Credobaptist too.

In that quote I posted earlier, he said “your assumptions are your windows on the world“, but what he says next is the reason why I chose that quote:

Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in“.

How can the light of Jesus Christ shine through you if your windows are filthy with incorrect assumptions about other people?

How can you love someone if you think they are your enemy?

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12

Our enemy isn’t the coworker you disagree with or the weird neighbor with THAT flag in his front yard; it’s Satan.

That’s it. Every other person you meet is in need of Jesus Christ and needs His light in their life. EVERY other person, no matter their background or beliefs, is a sinner in need of a Savior, just like you are. Just like I am.

Will you show them the light of Christ or will you cling to your assumptions of others?

The choice is yours, but you will be held accountable for that choice.

Are your assumptions really a hill worth dying on?

Because if they’re not, If I were you, I’d start getting to know some people on the “other side” of the fence and learn how to humanize them.

Jesus died for them too. 

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