“Versus” creates conflict but “And” creates tension and music.
The key in our approach to these tensious or conflicting ideas is grace.
If grace were singular and uniform than we would be left with conflict. We could not be optimistic about humanity, because ‘grace’ falls on the side of pessimism. After all, it is the pessimists who are most dependent upon grace. And the argument for grace should always win, right?
But if grace is multi-faceted, we have the opportunity for tension and music.
There is a grace — some call general grace — that has been poured over humanity like a wax. It is a creative grace; both the kind God used in creating us, but also the kind that bestows on us creativity ability. It is a grace of passion, that offers people the motivation to pursue something in which they will find joy. A grace of skill and accomplishment, whereby humans have the ability to grow and perform in exceedingly talented and unique ways.
There is also a grace— some call special grace— that calls individuals out of their rebellion to God and towards a relationship. This grace comes as a response to the depravity and inability of man to please or respond to God.
As Christians we get to hold to both “A” and “B”.
As believers we get to be pessimistic and optimistic about humanity.