Do you like watching or playing sports, or playing fun games? I do! Games and competition are embedded in our culture - they’re fun! But they can also be incredibly frustrating if you’re on the wrong side of the W on the scoreboard.
You see, games and sports are considered zero-sum games. If there’s a winner, there has to be a loser. And oftentimes, there are multiple losers. There can only be one Monopoly winner, right? Tangent: why does the winner ALWAYS seem to be the banker?! Okay, okay, sorry about that. Back to my point. Zero-sum games. Winners and losers.
Did you know that there’s another type of game where there can be multiple winners? The opposite of a zero-sum game is often referred to as a win-win game. In win-win games, some element of teamwork is usually required. Think of an obstacle course that is impossible for one person to defeat on their own. However, when attacked by a team of people working together, they all can beat the course together. It’s win-win.
Do you know another example of a win-win game? Christianity! I’m not saying that being a Christian is a game. But what I do mean to say is that there are multiple winners, that’s for sure! When one person accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior, that doesn’t mean that another person lost their chance. God doesn’t have a limited roster that he’s trying to fill. He’s trying to invade Heaven with every single man, woman, and child on the planet - He’s even prepared rooms for every single one of us!
We have to see the #BlackLivesMatter movement through God’s win-win perspective, not the enemy’s zero-sum tactics. Saying #BlackLivesMatter (which they do!) doesn’t at all imply that any other lives matter less. It’s acknowledging the systematic oppression and racism that my brothers and sisters of color experience every single day. We’re all on the same team, and we’re always recruiting. Our pride and personal glory needs to be left outside of the stadium, so to speak.
We need to stand in unity and be the voice of the voiceless. Let’s not let the enemy’s zero-sum tactics get in the way of God’s win-win economy. LOVE. MUST. WIN.
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