There is no such thing as ‘balance’ in the Kingdom of God, because God, ultimately, is not ‘balanced’: he is all things at all times.
That sentence may seem, at first, to be highly objectionable, or perhaps a bit oblique, so let’s break it down and examine all the pieces.
What is ‘balance’?
Balance happens when, as on a physical scale, there are equal quantities of one thing or concept on either side. (That is how we perceive balance.)
Balance is a very human concept. Of course, this is a very good thing, because balance helps maintain order, and without order, there is unrestrained chaos. The only problem is, true balance is unsustainable.
Because God is very interested in keeping the Body of Christ (and ultimately human society in general) pointed in the right direction!
Too much balance leads to stagnation.
What breeds in stagnant pools?*
Balance seems fair to us.
By ‘fair’, I mean, balance is how, basically, you know you’re not being cheated.
Take the visual image of an ancient market, or a modern-day exotic Eastern market, for example.
When you buy something in a market, say spices, for example, the merchant takes a weight, puts it on one side of the scale, and then puts a certain quantity of the spice on the other side.
This is how the purchaser knows that the price the merchant is charging, is a fair price.
God is not necessarily ‘fair’, according to human reckoning, all of the time.
Balance is beautiful to us.
Take gymnasts, for example. They can do flips, and tumble, and spin, and fly through the air, doing amazing things, because they have an incredibly-well-developed sense of balance.
Balance is also important in the art world. A well-balanced painting is pleasing to the eye. (Look up ‘artistic balance’ on Google for some nice images and technical explanations of this.)
Pottery-making is another good example of balance being important for beauty. An aesthetically-pleasing, and functional, piece is balanced, in most places, on the left and right.
What happens when something is *imbalanced*?
Lack of balance can be bad.
Lack of balance is dangerous to human life.
Take vertigo, for example. One of the most important concerns in nursing homes and hospitals is fall risk.
Senior citizens are especially susceptible to falling. Why? Their sense of balance is off, due to a problem in the vestibular system found inside the inner ear. This system is responsible for the lack of balance. Senior citizens can fall and injure themselves, or, worse, die, because they cannot balance themselves properly.
Lack of balance can cause untold-of death and destruction, on an immense scale.
When the world political system is not well-balanced, war happens.
What happened in World War II? The balance of power was dangerously shifted, and one of the worst examples of human tragedy and loss occurred, all over the planet.
When nature is not balanced, hurricanes occur.
Hurricanes happen when temperatures are imbalanced.
Lack of balance can be good, in a sense.
Lack of balance is entertaining:
Take Charlie Chaplin, or just about any famous comedic actor, for example: slapstick humor. “Balance (or the lack thereof) also reveals one of the fundamental elements of all slapstick. Slapstick is one off-balance disaster after another.” – (quote from ‘Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Acting’, by Christopher Bayes
Lack of balance is also beautiful.
Revisiting pottery for a moment, a fundamentally interesting piece of pottery includes elements that lack balance.
In speaking of the beauty of an 18th-century moon jar (a piece of Korean pottery), Lee Ufan, a famous minimalist painter and sculptor artist, said this:
“The imbalanced imperfection
is what allows you to see things in
an unlimited and real-life way.”
(Lee Ufan, as quoted in the book ‘The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look At Art’, by Christopher Noey and Thomas P. Campbell)
Lack of balance, ultimately, makes us happy.
The key to bliss is a life that is *profoundly* imbalanced.
All terror, all fear, all joy, and all happiness ultimately emanates from the throne of God.
*Note that I said ‘stagnant’ here, not ‘placid’ or ‘still’. Search: “still waters scripture” for more details.