Grey vs. Gray

Once upon a time there were only two colors–black and white. The beauty of this lay in its simplicity. But as life became more complex, people learned how to mix the two colors, yielding various hues of gray. Those preferring to maintain a simple lifestyle had to choose between several alternatives.

They could move to a secluded area that permitted only black and white (no gray). They could identify each hue of grey as either "more black" or "more white." Some even went so far as to rename the various hues of gray as "black" or "white," thereby denying that gray existed. In all the ruckus, some chose to ignore the entire issue. For some reason they lacked the perception of the importance of gray. Many of the young people had difficulty identifying black and white since most of their world seemed to consist of grey.

Although the topic of gray always seemed to stir a great discussion, it wasn't until people began to write about it that things really became heated. There seemed to be greater agreement when people spoke about grey, than when they wrote about it. Some wrote about grey, while others referred to the color gray. How could the trumpet give "that certain ring" when there was confusion regarding something as important as the issue itself: gray (or grey), depending on which side you would choose).

This naming assisted in the clarification of this vital issue. Those for gray were labeled "conservials," while those for grey were called "liberatives." Each person could be labeled clearly as a conservial or a liberative, depending on who did the labeling and what they meant by it.

As the sides became more clearly demarcated, not only individuals but also schools and geographical areas of the country became labeled. Leaders formed committees to ensure that the next generation would fight to the end to maintain gray (or grey, depending on which side you had chosen). It wasn't long until both sides reached for their ultimate argument: God called it gray (or gray, depending on which side you had pledged your devotion).

Some threatened to possibly initiate a reformed grey denomination. Others began their desktop publishing and mass mailing to call everyone back to their true roots and calling to be gray (or grey, depending on which side you knew God was on). Still others decided gray wasn't important and lost complete interest in even black and white.

The following generation became bored. They seemed to consider these "pillars" unimportant. A few, while reading some of the alternative meanings in the Great Dictionary discovered that gray could be grey and grey could be gray. You can imagine their surprise at finding both spellings in the same book. Hadn't their parents read the entire book? Could they be so blind as to see only one way of spelling the same thing?

It was quite a discovery, but even the new generation didn't realize that they were looking at God's creation as black and white and gray/grey, while God still saw it in living color.

–From Shall We Dance, Rediscovering Christian Standards, pp. 21, 22; 1996 La Sierra University Press.