In ligne with the principle of ” marginalization ” and with the intend to broadening the knowledge and nurture the BELIEF of those who claim they are the latest victims in the light of the life of Our Lord & Savior; Therefore, wrongly perceived the way forward against this ” mind set ” as only: SINFULNESS ( Hosea 4: 6 ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” ).
Perhaps, marginalization can manifest in subtle or over actions including:
- use of derogatory language – assuming someone’s accomplishments are not based on merit;
- expecting individuals to act a certain way based on stereotypes held about another’s identity – denying someone academic or professional opportunities because of their identity ( ie: racism, sexism, atheism…);
- not providing equal access to certain resources based on membership in a particular group – assuming preferred pronoun without asking – assuming sexual orientation without asking;
- overlooking, criticizing, or interfering with others’ cultural or religious traditions and values – systemic and/or institutionalized barriers to access and support ; utilize opportunities to become involved in social action that addresses various forms of oppression or marginalization;
- don’t ignore or minimize your experiences. communicate your experiences to someone in support network, etc...
However, the Bible says ” … He laid his hands on her, and instantly she was made straight, and she recognized and thanked and praised God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the crowd. There are six days on which work ought to be done; so come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day ( Exodus 20: 9-10 ). But the Lord replied him, saying, You playactors ( hypocrites )! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath lose his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead it out to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?……” Luke 13: 10 – 17
What do we make then, after digesting the whole story , of the controversy between Jesus and the synagogue leader, who objects to this Sabbath healing? It might be a helpful homiletical move to tell the story from the latter’s perspective to heighten our awareness of questions of historical setting. Here we might note a couple of things related to the fact that SUFFERING DOESN’T IMPLY SINFULNESS!
TO BE CONTINUE TOMORROW…