Gracism and Sharing the Burden

There is immense privilege inherited by members of a majority group that is often not available to others. The majority identification may come from racial differences or something as minor as the demarcation between member and visitor in a church but regardless, it is there to be mitigated or removed by the Gracist. David Anderson continues his examination of 1 Corinthians 12 as it applies to the Gracist, “our presentable parts need no special treatment.” The Gracist put this into practice by saying ‘I refuse to accept any favors or perks that may hurt you.’

This is an especially grace-filled notion because the perks, in and of themselves, pose no threat to others who do not receive them. Accepting them however, puts a gap between me and the person who has no access to them. Anderson gives an example that is immediately recognizable. In gatherings at the church or in member home, some are always invited to be the first to partake of the buffet. If I, as the pastor, were to jump to the front of the line and enjoy this little perk it means that the food may in shorter supply or a bit messy by the time the last person takes a plate. Something as simple as putting that person first spreads grace that can then extend to other areas of life.

This applies in countless areas where gaps based on race or gender or socio-economic status exist. I can not only refuse to partake of a perk but I can find a way for someone who has no access to that benefit or privilege to gain access. Being a Gracist is not hard and on this fine weekend morning, it is a good time to find a way to bring life to Paul’s teaching. 

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