THE BALANCED NARRATIVE

It has come to the appointed time where I must address the issue of the ‘balance narrative’.

I remember my first use of the phrase was in a conversation with a school colleague of mine whose views on GOD were more agnostic than he was willing to accept but the context of doubting the concrete nature of GOD or debating that the answers we have – in humanity about divinity – are best questioned, were not the only points of inspiration for the balance narrative. For me, it came fully when I realised that, as human beings, we spend a lot of time campaigning for physical health (which is good), mental health (which is ideal and expedient) but we actually neglect the spiritual health because it is intangible and looks more idealist than realistic when compared to the other two mentioned. So we ignore spiritual health because we cannot see it and for those who see it (not that it is limited to a sect or that it should be) they are either seen as making it up, keeping age-long excuses or they can’t prove its potency.

For the record, it is not always expedient to debate spiritual issues with a physical lens.

Actually that’s a nice version and way to say it because it never ever works.

So the balance narrative came to mind. It was to even the scale: let’s not just talk about what we face as humans, let’s talk about what GOD sees as Divine. Let’s address that there is a problem but let’s also talk about the fact that there is a solution to be annexed. Let’s not limit ourselves to cognitive and physical life, let’s address the potency of the spiritual and supernatural life.

Every facet of living must be addressed and no component is left untouched.

The balanced narrative says there is a place for human acceptance just as there is a place for divine repentance.

There is a place for the human acceptance of divine repentance.

In the end what the balance narrative seeks to do is to make the factor of existence whole. It drives the point where we need to fit all the components together. If life seems to work or not work without the spiritual life, it would work better when the spiritual is added in its place.

The balanced narrative is not content with doubt as the answer, not adaptive to sceptism as the highest form of reason, it is not okay with staying at the point where fate happens, it seeks to find out, what would faith do to this to result in the best scenario. The questions asked in a balanced narrative are equally indicting as much as they encourage cooperation.

In the balanced narrative everyone has to come to the table and talk. It’s not ideal to have men tell the story of GOD, let’s invite GOD into the picture; if we are frowning, we don’t leave here until we all are smiling. If we are confused, we live only when we find our answers. The balanced narrative is just as the name says a story and sequence of thoughts which take from all sides and put them in one whole package, a scale that spares no one: it takes all and makes all into one. I dare add that the balanced narrative is resolved on the spine of truth.

For GOD’sBondMan, the balanced narrative of life involves the role of man and GOD as well as the bond or connection that brings both parties together. There is no foe or rival what is present is the goal and partner.

Shalom

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