Margin….marginal….marginalized. What does this mean, and what are the boundaries and implications? Is one worse than the other? Most of us think of MARGIN as being one of several things. The blank surrounding significant characters…just like the blank space surrounding this paragraph. Others may think in terms of “the difference,” or profit, or remaining balance. The difference of what a company pays for a product and what they sell the product for, would be…margin. Or, the space between winning and losing a race, or a passing grade. Then we have another impression of it called: MARGINAL. This implies that a thing, or somebody, or issue, is insignificant. Or of little importance…of no consequence, questionable or doubtful …. Totally different meanings. And then, we have MARGINALIZED. Here, there would be an impression of something, generally people, who have been set aside, estranged, isolated, or discriminated against. To be disenfranchised is not necessarily wrong, by and of itself; whether, what makes it questionable would be the purpose or intention of why one, or something, is being disenfranchised. You could separate clothing by color which is ok; or you could separate people by color, and it probably would not be ok. You could separate people by different types of health issues; which is why hospitals have ICU’s (extensive care unit); and that would be required. But if they were to have a health condition; like heart ailment, AID’s, or some other type of infirmity, and are part of the general public…then separating them would not be appropriate. In a sporting event, being “side-lined” for poor performance, would be totally acceptable. It could be said, too, that our own Government has MARGINALIZED its own Citizens. So… we have, basically, the same word, meaning three entirely different things. Each of these words could be used to describe issues affecting our work place, our home, sporting or social events, and even our places of worship. It would best to know the precise differences… so that we don’t become marginalized. We have experienced the effect of Margins, Marginal, and Marginalized throughout the Bible. Two verses come to mind that may be worthy of our attention. Proverbs 31:8-9 – Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Matthew 25:31-33 – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. …Blessings… cjlb… 10/16/14.
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