1. of, pertaining to, or along a diameter.
2. in direct opposition; being at opposite extremes; complete: diametrical opposites; a diametrical difference.
demonizing people, places or events doesn’t really move anything or anyone forward. for example, calling someone a name because they hurt you doesn’t create healing or doesn’t move anyone that much closer to healing. or even a more taboo topic to touch upon is ‘war’.
demonizing war doesn’t stop war from happening. calling something sin doesn’t move that person closer to the them that they were meant to be. in fact, any terminology that seeks to be exclusive presumes those that can’t be a part just aren’t valuable enough. if we continue to use labels on people, either because of their allegiance to a cause, lifestyle, religion, or worldview then we can only be the ones to blame for the exclusion we so aggressively rail against. now, some within certain circles of christianity argue that jesus was exclusive. and as much as i want to disagree, jesus was exclusive. but, what it interesting is that they fail to recognize or accept who he was exclusive toward. he was directly and intentionally exclusive to those who weren’t inclusive. to those who thought they had arrived. to a group of people so committed to their worldview/religion that they stopped learning from those around them. this is the danger of diametric thinking, that we start thinking everyone else is wrong and we are right. or that what we espouse to is the good and everything else around is just that bad. this is the kind of thinking jesus ends up challenging. one of the most enlightening chapters on jesus’ frustration with ‘exclusion vs inclusion’ are found in his aggressive words in Matthew 23. the whole chapter is about how we need to learn from those who think they have arrived, because the reality is that they haven’t. supporting a diametric approach to reality created blindness to the fact that the person standing next to you is just that, a brother or a sister standing next to you.
love is the higher reality. bigger than labels, inclusion or even exclusion. my question to those who would seek to condone such things as labels and aggressive comments is ‘if we can agree that love is the point, that love changes everything, than why do we need to spend all of our waking energy on trying to find a way to create a special membership into a club that should have never existed?’ jesus spends a lot more time talking about compassion and love more than any other thing, and so does the rest of the ancient Torah and if that is movement, than wouldn’t it make sense that we move forward in that in leave things like diametrics in the dust?