Scapegoats: Can We Be Us Without a Them? Season 2, Episode 11

can-there-be-us-without-a-themMerriam-Dictionary definition of Scapegoat:

1. a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which it sent in the wilderness in the biblical ceremony of Yom Kippur.

2. One that bears blame for others

3. One that is the irrational hostility of others

Most of us have experienced the social phenomenon of bonding over our shared anger at another person or group. Sports rivals, a group of girlfriends sharing cocktails over the antics of a horrible ex-boyfriend, when the bible study group starts talking about “those people” and of course our current political situation of Republican versus Democrat.

There is a social theory that says much of human survival has been our ability to quickly determine who is on “our team.”  We bond with our team in our collective effort against the other.

We are noticing this in our lives and how difficult it is to stop. We notice how Jesus words to His people to love and be unified stand in opposition to this base instinct.

We recorded this episode the morning of the election in the USA. We do need this conversation now more than ever–how can we be true peacemakers instead of scapegoaters?

 

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  1. Thank you so much for this talk!
    Thank you for naming it, violence. A severing. It was horrible. I’m so grateful to hear about your experience and to learn that scapegoating is much more common than I realized.

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