The sin of the social atmosphere

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In
Mark 7:1-13 there is a telling interaction in between Jesus and a group of
Pharisees.  In verse five, Jesus is asked,
“Why do not your disciples reside according to the tradition of the elders…?”  They had been asking about the reality that the
disciples didn’t ceremonially wash their hands ahead of they ate. Jesus responds
by quoting Isaiah saying, “These people today honor me with their lips but their
hearts are far from me.  They worship me
in vain their teachings are but guidelines taught by men” (ala Romans 12:two).  That is quite damning.  But Jesus follows up by saying in verse eight,
“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe
your personal traditions!”  He goes on to inform
of how in this case, they do not honor their parents.  “Thus you nullify the word of God by your
traditions that you have handed down.” 
He concludes in verse 13 by saying, “And you do lots of points like
that.”  Their traditions, in this case,
did not honor a group of people today they need to have been honoring.  There are traditions which
contribute to functionally impairing people today, socially and otherwise, by way of an
unwillingness to make the modifications to the atmosphere, the traditions, that
would much better reflect the commands of God.

If
we as “these people today who honor me with their lips” do exchange the commands of
God for the traditions of males, we are guilty of the sin of the social atmosphere.
Fill in the blank as to what that unique social atmosphere could possibly be. It
could be the college, the restaurant, the church or the regional park. Our
traditions appear to teach us to treat people today with disabilities as unique from
these without the need of disabilities. We also appear to have a hierarchy of persons with disabilities as
effectively in that people today impacted by disability can also fall into this type of social environmental sin. I addressed this a bit with a post back in 2007 known as “Do not hate the player, hate the game.” But to blame our behavior on the way we have been socialized or that everyone acts in a comparable manner, is childish. I am accountable for my personal actions and if the social atmosphere is behaving in a incorrect manner, that is not an excuse for me to behave similarly. 

I am accountable for my behavior toward other people.

I am accountable for my language toward other people.

I am accountable for my exclusion of other people.

I am accountable for my not deciding upon some people today as buddies. 

Your private qualities, what ever they could possibly be, did not MAKE me do something. I just took the chance of your presence to express a kind of ugliness that resides inside me. I took the chance of you becoming an individual unique from me in some way (private qualities, ideology, and so on.) to embrace the the ugliness inside me and celebrate it. In my novel, Meowoof, I speak about this as the Grumble. It is a thing that lives inside us. So in reality, I am the ugly 1, not you. I am the intolerant 1, not you. But if my blaming you for my ugliness is not known as out, then it will be encouraged and only continue. 

Take duty for your personal participation in the sin of the social atmosphere and quit it. 

McNair

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