Choosing between different options about matters of varying importance is part of being human. But sometimes questions are posed which compare two choices that should either (a) not be things we have to decide between or (b) not be the only two options.

Years ago Lakers fans (and haters) debated endlessly about one question: Do you want Kobe or Shaq? The correct answer to this question is not “Kobe” or “Shaq.” The correct answer is yes. Of course it didn’t turn out that way, but in a perfect world where egos don’t force us to choose, the choice would not exist. More significantly, while often presented as either/or dilemmas, the following questions should be answered with a simple “Yes.”

  • Is sin personal or systemic?
  • Is Jesus our Example or Savior?
  • Do you love America or point out her faults?

In all these cases the correct answer is not one option over the other. The answer is yes. In many other cases, however, the answer is no. For instance, the answer is no if the question is: Do you want to build your franchise around Steve Francis or Stephon Marbury? Likewise, the following questions probably deserve the same answer:

  • Liberal or conservative?
  • Do you hold to humanistic liberal pacifism or Amish withdrawal from social responsibility?
  • Is the Bible a scientific textbook or truthless mythology?

Take the examples for what they are, but remember the point: Sometimes questions are presented in ways that shield us from the true or best answer.

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NOTE: In light of my 30th birthday and in honor of the guys who have all the fun, I’ll be offering thirty reflections in thirty days starting December 19th. Today’s post is #20 (see the so-far list here). The only rule is that I have 250 words to make my point. After that just stop reading. Thanks for making my blog part of your internet experience.