Swapping Lenses

A couple of weeks ago I was called for jury duty. In my 44 years of life on earth, this was my first time ever being called. To be honest, I was giddy for the opportunity to see how the whole process worked. Over the course of my week to show up and serve, I was selected to sit as a juror on two different cases.

The selection process was fascinating to me.  Both the prosecutor and defense had the chance to ask potential jurors questions to see if our minds and hearts might be predisposed toward leaning for or against. Questions were designed to rule out any biased jurors who might hinder a fair trial.

Because you experienced__________do you feel you can be impartial in this case? 

Do you think you would be prone to place more validity on the testimony of law enforcement officers (simply because they are law enforcement) or could you be impartial and base your decision strictly on the evidence supplied?”  

I thought about all of this again after going to see The Case For Christ yesterday afternoon. The movie follows the journey Lee Strobel takes to investigate the validity of the resurrection.  At the time, Strobel, an atheist, was an award-winning legal editor at The Chicago Tribune.

Without going into too much detail, one of the scenes that stuck with me was when Strobel realized he had allowed preconceived notions of cops (good guys)  vs criminals (bad guys) to cloud his vision and arrive at a false conclusion.

And as we see in the movie, Strobel “didn’t see the truth because he didn’t want to see it.”

As Strobel writes in his book, The Case For Christ  this seemingly “open and shut” case ultimately prompts him to look through a different set of lenses.

“But when I changed those lenses- trading my biases for an attempt at objectivity – I saw the case in a whole new light.  Finally I allowed the evidence to lead me to the truth, regardless of whether it fit my original presuppositions.”

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Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with the first half of a song verse stuck on replay, “When we see broken beyond repair…”. At the time, I couldn’t hear the rest of the verse; I could only hear the melody. I woke up this morning and googled the rest of that verse and listened to the song again. It’s a song called Mended by Matthew West

When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief

As I thought more about how my mind was only able to recall the “broken beyond repair” portion of that song,  I thought again about that scene from the movie. We are prone to see and believe only what is visible on the surface. But what if there’s more to the story?  What if hope and truth lie deeper? And, what if, with a little unbiased searching and a new set of lenses…we can discover it too?

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