You Should Really Take a Breath Before Getting Indignant

I LOVED the Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad starring Tim Tebow and his Mom.

If I hadn’t heard all of the uproar and controversy before the game (like this, this and even this), I would have thought it was OK but the pre-game anger and objections made it absolutely WONDERFUL!

Where was the controversy? Where was the heavily right-leaning advocacy?

Nowhere in site, that’s where!

Instead, all we saw was a loving Mom telling us that she cares for her son.

Nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all.

I loved it. I laughed and laughed and laughed.

I wasn’t laughing because I thought that somehow the right had pulled one over on the left, I wasn’t laughing maliciously at all. If the tables had been turned, the conservatives would have been just as quick to judge and condemn.

I was laughing at human nature, that innate capacity we have of making judgments based on the most tenuous evidence.

We’ve all done it and we all do it.

Whether it’s a person who makes a bad first impression on us, someone we work with that we’ve never taken the time to get to know yet have formed an opinion about or that televangelist whose forty-plus years of ministry we dismiss because of a five minute snippet of them we once saw, we all make rash, uninformed, incorrect assumptions and judgments about people and situations.

The Focus on the Family Super Bowl Ad has reminded me to stop and take a breath before I pass judgement and make sure I make decisions based on actual facts, not my own imagination.

How about you? Have you ever got upset or indignant about something only to find you didn’t have your facts straight?