Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Steps

“Prosecutors allege Chander used gasoline to start the fire late Saturday. The India native told police he disliked his son-in-law because he belonged to a lower caste and had married his daughter without his consent, said Cook County First Assistant State's Attorney Robert Milan.”
"His son-in-law was beneath him in his opinion," Milan said.

Seriously? His son-in-law was beneath him, he belonged to a lower caste… Are these real statements in the year 2008? This is appalling to most who read it who are not of this culture, the Indian culture. I was appalled immediately and started thinking all kind of things that actually confirmed my thought being established in this blog. The idea is that every society has a caste system somehow and it is only through Christ that we are set free from this bondage and thinking. As I tried to resolve this story in my own mind I found myself thinking how much more advanced our American society is and how I would never be like that and eventually found myself feeling above this man or the culture he comes from. That is so wrong of me and extremely unhealthy!

What is a caste system? Wikipedia defines it like this: In a caste society, the assignment of individuals to places in the social hierarchy is fixed by birth, justified by custom, law, or religion. This classification is based on social occupation, endogamy, social class, and social group. The key main attribute is, it is a Religious social class system.

Have you ever walked by a homeless man and thought to yourself, “just get a job!”? Have you ever not wanted to be seen hanging out with a certain person. Does it make you feel weird to hug a person who has a disease like AIDS. Would you touch a leper? The point is not these specific things, but the overall thought of humans being created equally. Jesus saw it this way. He spent time with whores, lepers, fisherman, and tax collectors. Look at the civil rights movement. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a bored person who wanted a piece of the big pie, he didn’t feel like he deserved something he didn’t. Dr King was brilliant, he said that he had seen the mountain top, God had revealed to him what equality within the African American community looked like. Dr King was tired of this caste system within America. Today in 2008 that caste system has been abolished within the racial world (for the most part). Any system, society, organization, establishment that operates on levels where men and women can become more important or less important than the next is a caste system. Jesus came to demolish this caste system idea! “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).” As children of God through Jesus Christ a caste system should offend us and we should seek to inspire others to know Christ and know the freedom found within Him. Dr King gave his life to see the caste system demolished, he could not bare to see men that say they love Jesus or a nation that says they are one nation under God live in a caste system. Jesus was killed for it, He hated the caste system the Pharisees had created with their religion. So may you see the caste systems of our day and turn from them, educate those in them of The Way out.

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