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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Are We Developing a Caste System?

Have you ever wished you had not been born? If so, when and why? Did your parents ever say they wished you'd never been born? How did such words affect your outlook on life (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1083).

These girls [in India], who belong to the Untouchable caste, make dung patties which are used for fuel and heat by members of all the castes. This job was considered so unclean that other castes did not associate with the members of society that performed it.

Although born into the Kshatriya caste, Mahatma Gandhi spent much of his life working to bring the Untouchables equality. It was Gandhi who first named the Untouchables "Harijans," meaning "children of God."

The God of love spawns fecundity and vernal hope, generosity, industry, and happiness. The god of hatred, rejection, and indifference spawns despair and paralysis or, its partner, the the will to lash out.

One of the greatest oppressions of my time has been the tendency of society to exclude others from community life. It can take on the color of a caste system. It is common for young men in poverty stricken communities to come into trouble with the law. They then occur a criminal record. In America, anyone with a criminal record is anathema to potential employers. A criminal record hounds one for life and leads to despair. In our attempt to be and maintain employment citadels with unbesmirched skirts, we relegate others to the dust bins of society. We need to consider the bitter harvest that this incurs not only on the unfortunate, but upon the tenor of our own spiritual lives.

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