As a Spurs fan, I admit I’m blinded by bias! I see the refs ignoring the fouls. I concur with Pop that in Sunday’s game, Kawhi was targeted and that Golden State is the evil empire favored by the NBA elite.
But, bias is blinding.
Every time my mom hears me preach, she tells me it was the best sermon she’s ever heard—and, of course, my kids are incredibly gifted and beautiful. On some levels, bias is natural and in many ways good…until it becomes blinding.
As a Spurs fan, I choose to forget that Robert Horry’s hip check on Steve Nash led to a melee that had Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw on the bench for game 5, turning the series upside down. When Bruce Bowen is your teammate, it’s just tough defense; but the rest of the league sees him as one of the dirtiest players in NBA history.
Before you light the torches and come for me, let me restate I’m a lifetime Spurs fan. I simply paused my bias for a moment to grab hold of objectivity (the effort to see something from another’s point of view; to see without bias).
When it comes to our own lives and our pursuit of Jesus, we tend to be far more gracious with ourselves and those we favor than we are with others. Or, we tend to be far more condemning of ourselves—never granting grace and amassing shame. The tendency to see through a lens that is not accurate or clear demands that we seek objectivity.
What is true? What is truth? Where do we find it and do we really want to see it?
In Sunday’s game, the Spurs blew a 25-point lead. LaMarcus Aldridge went 2-of-9 in the fourth and turned the ball over 6 times in the fourth quarter. Did Zaza undercut Kawhi? Yes, he did! But, does that tell the whole story?
My bias clouds my willingness to see my own shortcomings or even the truth that might propel me forward. As long as I hold on to my favored narrative, I’m stuck.
I’ll be watching the rest of the series with blind anticipation of my Spurs pulling off the most incredible upset ever; but, deep inside when I look at the truth, the series is over. I’m okay with that because the other truth is that it makes no difference in our lives, jobs, children, government, or health. It’s entertainment at best and a distraction for us to escape the grind of living.
Go Spurs Go!