03 March 2017
High Moral Ground ~ Deplorables in Baskets
Greetings Dear Reader,
I wonder how many people have taken the time to look up the definition of “deplorable”? Not to worry, I have done it for you Dear Reader.
1. deserving strong condemnation.
"the deplorable conditions in which most prisoners are held"
synonyms: disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, unworthy, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable; reprehensible, despicable, abominable, contemptible, execrable, heinous, beyond the pale
"your conduct is deplorable"
2. shockingly bad in quality.
"her spelling was deplorable"
synonyms: lamentable, regrettable, unfortunate, wretched, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, diabolical; sorry, poor, inadequate; informal: appalling, dire, abysmal, woeful, lousy;
"the garden is in a deplorable state"
When I see these words I can see applying them to actions but never to a person. Calling any person deplorable is to fly in the face of love and kindness required of those who would be on the moral high ground. We can condemn actions as disgraceful or reprehensible. It is not wrong to identify behavior as abominable, heinous, terrible, or diabolical.
People are to be loved and valued by us. No one is to be written off as unworthy of love and the opportunity to be better that he or she is. The Father expresses that we all fall short of his expectations for us. He does not reject us because of it. Instead he sacrifices all he is to build a bridge to us.
So I wonder, given the full meaning of this word, if we would ever assign it to any individual. Even less to apply it to half of a group that represents millions of your fellow countrymen is very far from the moral high ground. Perhaps it is unwise to ever generalize in the negative about humans outside of the natural negatives we all share.
It is not my place to call anyone deplorable. There is no moral high ground for me if I insult others this way because I think I have the high moral ground.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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