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October 18, 2007 / compassioninpolitics

Labels, stereotypes, and all that jazz…


On the heels of Jena 6, the ease with which we colonize and kill other people in far away lands, and the way we look past the homeless with apathetic eyes (guilty). Sometimes its sooooooo hard to not think in terms of labels and to treat each other fairly (or justly or equally):

He was never concerned about a person’s title, society’s name tag, or the sign on their place of work. Porn stars or preachers, gay and straight, Republican or Democracy, it doesn’t mean a rip to God. We are all children, and we are all in need of this stunningly beautiful thing called grace. We know what we need to do, now let’s go do it.

Mike Foster
President, Ethur

Or maybe its a lot easier than we think….Beyond yearning to have an open heart and prayer….ya got me. Ideas?
Thoughts? Maybe try it for a day or a week or maybe just TRY… Take a step out….
Live differently. I guess that’s what we’re called to do.

thanks to and gregschmigel for the flickr photo.


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  1. Jon / Oct 18 2007 2:55 pm

    The unfortunate reality is that titles are important. That’s why we wear the title Christian, or Athiest. They say something about people. That’s why our name is so important. People have an expectation of what kind of person I am based on my father’s name. “He’s a Whitney”. So they expect me to possess a certain degree of character in accordance to my father’s uprightness.

    Labels are necessary to our self-preservation.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Oct 18 2007 4:44 pm

    You talk about notions of “realism,” however that seems to entirely avoid the question of what we’re called to do.

    Certainly its not as simple as “all labels are bad.” Thanks for correcting any misconceptions. However, labels that are discriminatory or hateful or do not otherwise respect the equal dignity of another human being (or group) are not partiluarly Jesus like.

  3. Troy Camplin / Oct 27 2007 6:05 pm

    And do not forget that “He who does not work shall not eat,” and “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Jesus was not about turning people into helpless children.

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