So last week the interwebs were all a flurry with the huge debate about this blasted dress. Was it black and blue or was it white and gold? What did it say about you if you saw it as blue and black verses white and gold and the other way around. Experts weighed in, pundits weighed in. CNN, FOX News and others had reports on it. Neuroscientists, philosophers, and celebrities along with random people on Twitter and Facebook weighed in (of course, their opinion matters most). All had reasons why each person saw things differently. Each person had their own theory.
What it boiled down to was simple: What is the truth.
It was a paradox. And people on the interwebs didn’t want a paradox. They wanted a cut and dry answer of yes or no, up or down, blue and black or white and gold.
What is the truth? Is it blue and black or white and gold?
The answer: Yes.
Now some have posted pictures of what the dress looks like on Amazon or other people wearing it. It looks black and blue. But others say that the picture clearly shows it to be white and gold. Some say that they are two dresses. Other say that the dress is just ugly and it doesn’t matter. Others claim that it’s a hoax. Some believe, some don’t, some don’t care, some say it doesn’t exist to begin with.
The problem with the paradox of the dress is that it comes down to faith. The dress does exist. There is evidence all over the place that it does. And the dress is both blue and black and white and gold. It’s just that as humans we can’t comprehend both at the same time. We can’t see both at the same time.
Problem is we discount faith too much. We say that faith is something misplaced. Something that’s just blind loyalty, one sheep following the herd. Yet it takes faith to say that the dress is both colors.
Funny, when it comes to talking about the truth, we so many times say that there is no absolute truth, yet when it comes to this dress, so many of us want an absolute here. We want an absolute truth on what this dress is. We desire truth. And even when we don’t fully understand the fact that people are now saying that the dress is both, we accept this answer on faith despite not fully seeing or understanding.
As a follower of Jesus, I have faith. I have faith in a God that I don’t fully understand or comprehend. There are many paradoxes that I know make sense, that are both/and situations. I know that there is the absolute truth found in God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is an act of faith. Not a blind loyalty. Not a sheep following the herd. But a full and complete trust.
Paul says it well when he talks about how we are to live our lives for Jesus, knowing that eternal life with Jesus is the goal, something larger, something greater. He writes
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NRSV
There is a need to walk forward in faith because there are many things we don’t fully understand nor comprehend. But we do know that we have a trust that goes beyond measure. A trust and faith that can handle things that we don’t always understand. A knowledge and conviction that God is with us both in good times and bad.
In Hebrews we read about faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
God has given us His promises, and they are all “Yes” in Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:20). We have a confidence in the fact that God is there for us, walks with us, and is our God and we his people. And we have assurance of what we do not see. We walk in this faith because what we see around us isn’t what is our goal. We live in this world, we tend to this world, we proclaim and live out the kingdom of God in this world, but we look forward to when this world will be complete, made new, wars to cease, the poor and hungry to want no more, and all perfect as it is supposed to be.
And so we dress differently for this
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
So, what does this all mean then? Is it black and blue or white and gold? It is both and it is neither. But it is all in Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we are to be all in Jesus. We are to be clothed in Jesus so that people see Jesus in what we do and say, be it either black and blue or white and gold. What is important is that the dress is there. What is important is that Jesus is seen in us as what we clothe ourselves with. For Jesus is the beginning and the end, the A and the Z, the blue and black and the white and gold.
Blue and black or white and gold? Not as important as the fact that the dress does exist. More importantly, Jesus exists. And in faith, we know that Jesus is with us. In faith, we clothe ourselves in Jesus. In faith, we walk with Jesus, showing the love, compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience of Jesus whether it be as blue and black or white and gold.