Ilovechrist77 wrote: ↑22 Sep 2022, 16:42
AmyJ, thanks for what you said about infirmity, even if some of it's a little over my head. Haha. It's okay, though. I think I get what you were trying to say. Yes, many people, especially communities, don't like momentum breakers. There are times when I've had a great momentum going on when doing certain things and something would happen that would break that momentum. More often than not, I just get annoyed. And you offered some good questions on that: "But what if you refuse to see your deviation from what is expected as "being infirm"? What if you don't want to be "healed"?" Those are some things to think about.
I ran out of time before I got my thoughts correctly corralled in the post.
MOMENTUM BREAKER EXAMPLE:
Any activity/tradition that keeps going... until it stops.
- I used to religiously watch "Charlie Brown Christmas" as one of my Christmas Devotionals. I (severely afraid of using the telephone at the time) actually called Blockbuster to see if they had a DVD (20+ years ago) when I realized I had missed the usual TV showing. Then my faith transition hit - and suddenly, it wasn't something that inspired me at Christmas. I no longer had the momentum to watch it, to share it with my kids, or even pull out the Bible to read the Christmas Story.
- My husband gets annoyed - because now he has to make a decision of whether to remember to do any of that himself or just let it slide (and feel guilty). He HATES that I changed my choice.
Momentum breaking is great when the activities of the group may lead to poor judgement and/or unsafe situations. There is a reason why taxi services amp up availability for New Year's Eve, why chaperones at high school dances (and other large teenage entertainment events) are by and large a good idea.
Momentum is great though - it's what funds blood drives and drives drives people to springboard making good choices after the start of making 1 good choice (like quitting 1 bad habit makes it easier to pick up 1 good habit and vice versa).
INFIRMITY = SHOW OF IMPURITY (What did you Do to Get That?)
- The entire conversation involving the blind man and his parents and the questioners.
- OT teaches that God wanted "the best of the best" unblemished lambs in terms of sacrifices.
a) So if you are "infirm" - does God still want your sacrifice?
- That's behind the "cleansing" offerings post-childbirth (among other things).
- If you are "infirm" - and we take care of you, what will happen to us and our community?
a) Not a bad question due to how diseases were treated/spread for thousands of years.
b) It's still a question being asked as hospitals are shuttered due to funding issues (which stem from too many "poor/insolvent patients" and not enough "rich patients" as well as variables in government funding, community involvement, services offered issues... etc.).
c) That's at the heart of Social Security (in US) debates. The ratio of retired individuals (who paid into the system and the community has an obligation to) to working individuals (who are paying into the system) is shrinking - and that is in part driving questions of solvency (there are a whole lot of other questions and side antics and forecasting).
- If you are "infirm" due to "impurity" - what obligation do we owe you and you, us?
a) This is usually exploited as a loophole to prevent paying for services (in one way or another) - it's behind the "pre-existing conditions" stuff that was outlawed in the US a while back.
b) It also is a valid question in its own right - if you participate in behavior that you know is unhealthy for you (like smoking) - how responsible should you be held for taking care of your lung cancer infirmity?
- Buying in bulk (products or services) to satisfy a common need is a known thing. However, the only way it works is if there are enough like-minded individuals that make it worth the administration costs to provide the product/services. To a degree, the church gets "bulk discounts" (spiritual mostly) in having like-minded, less-diverse members to serve. There are fewer opportunity costs of time and thought (because everyone's needs are the same and well-known), and fewer surprises. You don't have to spend the time on harassment training or diversity training. You can manipulate the administration costs by "creating service opportunities" instead of "creating career opportunities" and other tweaks.
- Infirmity is a game-changer. Member behaviors (linked to Infirmity and Disease) can be progressive
(the individual progressively needs more and different services/products), disruptive
(anyone who cannot confirm to cultural expectations), and pervasive (a lot of people deal with a lot more diseases/disorders and who knows what else then the community admits to).