I’m thinking about the nature of sacrifice this morning. Mostly, I’m thinking in questions:
–What’s the difference between sacrificial acts that are chosen vs. those that are forced on us? For example, is the nature of sacrifice changed when a person is drafted vs. volunteers for military duty?
–What role does one’s attitude about the act play? For example, grudgingly being sacrificial or accepting with a positive view.
–Is it still sacrificial when the person finds joys within the sacrifice? What if the joys or positives outweigh the negatives when all is said and done: is that still sacrifice?
–What part does the social acceptability of the act play in its sacrificial nature? For example, was it more sacrificial to serve in Vietnam than World War II?
–Is it more sacrificial if you are scorned for the act? For example, many lost their lives as soldiers but were honored, what about those who were scorned for truly conscientious pacifism during World War II?
–What is the nature of Christian sacrifice? If we give up nothing for the faith, are we true believers? Is being different and outside the culture a sign of real sacrifice?
–Why do we as a society only honor some sacrifices? For example, we honor our vets (and should) but we ignore many other acts of sacrifice that contribute to our country. Must life or death be involved for something to be a valued sacrifice?
Yeah, I know just a lot of questions. Just thinking today.
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