Tension is important. Without it, the physical laws of the universe would not work. Tension keeps planets in orbit, my tennis racquet strung properly, and tightrope walkers secure as they hover above the audience below.
Tension brings a beauty to life. For instance, there is tension in my politics. I have situated myself comfortably and securely in a particular position, but I appreciate the challenge and the paradigm shifts that have come only from my friendships on the other side. When I went to college, I experienced the tension of a love for theatre and a love for engineering. It even creeps into my theology. On any given day, I can’t decide if I align with Calvin or Arminius. I’m not theologically lazy or confused (I don’t think), I just see a lot of truth right in the center of the tension.
Today, the tension is reflected in my clothing. The cap on my head proclaims my love for the Crimson Tide. The t-shirt and sweatshirt reflect by loyalty to the Cajun Tigers of Louisiana. I own regular season and championship paraphernalia for both teams. I’m from Alabama, but I’ve got two degrees from LSU. Most of my friends think I am crazy and can’t understand my divided heart. I just remind them that tension serves an important functional purpose in our world. It gives us stability and direction. And I remind them that there is beauty found in tension, giving us meaning and purpose.
I’m not trying to make a single spiritual point in this post. So stop looking for it. I wanted LSU to roll the Tide all the way back to Tuscaloosa the other night. But if LSU is going to lose to someone, I’m glad it’s to my sweet home. And I’ll wear that cap proudly.