Stigma

Previous to Christopher Columbus putting his toe on dryland over here across the big pond… there were many First Nations or Tribes.

(I’m trying my best to not offend anyone on how to be politically correct)

The Nations or Tribes would be at war with each other over land areas as well as other reasons, (much like Napoleon tried to capture land in Europe).
With some tribes or Nations, a captured warrior would be subjected to run the gauntlet line… Members of the victorious tribe world form two armed lines for the captive to run through…


Stigma at times seems to be the same… Not physically but often visible by the reactions we see and yes, unless we are deaf, we hear people taking… Not just people with mental health but anyone dealing with any type of disability… Cerebral Palsy, Downes Syndrome, people born “different” from the perfect ideal or through accident or disease… most people automatically assume that there is automatic low IQ.

We’ve all seen people speaking slowly and loudly to a person who is blind… It’s maybe funny in a movie but is really does happen in real life…

And it’s been going on too long…

With mental health the (stigma) gauntlet line is made up by with the “pity look” of two people who are whispering to each other with their hands covering their mouths but looking at you…
It’s the awkward silence between you and someone else…
It’s the superior stance of others…
It’s the people who turn and shuttle away to avoid you…
It’s the judgemental shaking of heads as you walk past…
It’s the friends who say they will call you for coffee but never do…
I think you are getting what I am referring to…

But what about how God sees us?

Exodus 30:15 When this offering is given to the Lord to purify your lives, making you right with him, the rich must not give more than the specified amount, and the poor must not give less.

We are all equal in God’s eyes. By not being allowed to give more or less maybe irked the rich but was a reminder and relief to the poor. At least for one day of the year they were equal…

Isn’t that how it should be?

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