May I Walk With You? One Hundred Percent

January 20, 2020

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com

While I don’t like to address politics in my writing, it seems time to do so in the interest of rationality and good mental health. For some time now, there has been a tremendous error being made by those in the political arena as well as many of us who are spectators. That error is the fallacy of “always or never”. This is the irrational thinking that someone or something is “always or never” good or bad.

The “always or never” idea rears its irrational head in politics when a politician is judged as either one hundred present good or bad. I’ve talked with those who seem to vilify Donald Trump as totally bad and others who praise him as totally good. I’ve also talked with those who believe Democrats are totally good, and others who believe them to be totally bad.

As in any human being, no one is totally good or totally bad. No spouse is totally good or bad as is no father, mother, police officer, friend, politician, priest, teacher, doctor, man or woman. Even if we look at our own selves, we can easily see that none of us is totally bad or good. It is a symptom of being irrational, when we begin to believe ourselves to be right or wrong one hundred percent of the time. It is irrational to believe some politician is totally good or bad.

As Christians we believe that even though we are created in the “image and likeness of God” that we are not perfect. Even though we are adopted sons and daughters of God, we are also sinners. All our lives we struggle with sin and the tendency to sin. When we fail to see our good and bad sides, our good and bad ideas, and our good and bad behavior we find it very difficult to notice the good and the bad in others. We know that it is dangerous to judge others as either good or bad, because it is irrational. How easy it is to find the “sliver in another’s eye while we have a log in our own.” Perhaps it would be good if we focused more on our imperfections, than on the one hundred percent good or bad of others.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”





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