How “the dress” blew the lid off “perspective” …

I’ve found it both interesting and disturbing how several pastors over the last few years have vaunted the concept of “perspective.” But the value of “perspective” was blown away yesterday by a simple dress.

If you were online for any period of time yesterday, or tuned into the news, you probably heard the buzz about the dress shown above. I see the dress as being white and gold, but I’m told the dress is actually blue and black, and many people see it as being blue and black.

Yes, I think they’re nuts because my eyes tell me that dress is white and gold (it is!).

But I’m informed by reports from people in the know the dress is really blue and black. In that case, my perspective that the dress is white and gold is completely wrong and of no benefit to me.

Do you catch the lesson we have with this dress?

The issue isn’t our perspective, but what is actually true. We may see something as being one way, when in reality it is quite another. We need people and resources to step into our lives and tell us we’re seeing the wrong thing when we are.

That’s what Jesus did …

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to Father except through me,'” John 14:6.

Jesus, who is God, is the Truth, and when sin separated us from God, it wrecked out capacity to see and understand truth. We need Jesus Christ to be able to see what is true. Satan, our enemy, feeds us with lies and perspectives that are anything but the truth.

“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies,” John 8:44.

Just like that dress, what is true isn’t necessarily what our eyes tell us. Our eyes may provide a false perspective instead of the truth. But focusing our eyes on the Word of God, and upon Jesus, the living Word, will reveal what is the truth.

Do you look to Jesus for the truth?