Friday, October 9, 2015

Man’s Rejection is God’s Protection

by M. J. Joachim

The quiz I took on Facebook last night couldn’t have been any clearer. My biggest fear based on image perception is being rejected. Here’s what it said:

Based on the images that scared and horrified you in this quiz, you're subconsciously terrified of rejection! You're a warm hearted, sensitive and loving person that can't imagine anything worse than being rejected! You have so much love to give and having someone just cruelly turn it down, is the scariest thing you can even imagine! Don't fret, being rejected once or twice doesn't mean a thing. You deserve nothing but the best, and only people who can see that are worth your time!

I thought about it all night long. It seemed reasonable enough, but something wasn’t quite right. I was up bright and early this morning, early enough to see the sunrise - one of my favorite things to do. As I looked at the sweeping clouds in the sky, my prayers went to the essence of every human being completely accepted by God. Rejection wasn’t the issue, betrayal was, and betrayal is a human trait, something God would never do to humanity.

There are so many biblical verses and poetic sayings warning of man’s ability to betray one another. Society provides many picturesque images of homeless and starving people, criminals and victims, abuse and broken promises. People in glass houses throwing stones at people they can barely see, or worse offering from their surplus to ease their own guilt.

Treating people with compassion and dignity should not be an afterthought. If it is, then it’s either lacking in compassion or completely devoid of dignifying their existence. Betrayal is an intentional act, where one person makes less of another, denying their right, deceiving their loyalty and selling out their good fortune. It is looking down on others, because of presumed status, pride and abundance. It is in fact stealing from them, taking what is theirs in the name of having more through self indulgence, based on nothing more than lies and duplicity.

It happens all the time, survival of the fittest, or meanest, as the case may be. Christ wasn’t weak, and by human standards, He didn’t survive. The measure of human success is not accumulation of wealth, status or health, but rather the dignity we willingly share with others, because we respect and love them as much as we love ourselves, thus defining the true character of each man.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you a very wonderful weekend,

M. J.

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