MirageRespectSun Aug 26, 2012 00:2622.214.171.124Thanks for this. I don't think I have ever saluted a person because for me it wouldn't be appropriate. I have no military background. However, practicing respect I think must surely be appropriate for Christians. Empty gestures probably not. When the pledge of allegiance is said, I put my hand over my heart and I mean it. I know this custom bothers a lot of people. Some Canadian friends of mine think it's weird, so I guess they don't do that there. There have been times I have mutually bowed with people (My mother was a board member of a Japanese-American friendship society. I have noticed that our current President also mutually bows very naturally, perhaps because some of his childhood was spent in a culture which bows.). As a small child I also curtseyed a few times because my mother was from a part of the country that still did that in some circumstances, believe it or not. She was big on etiquette, so much so that she made me learn how to address letters to politicians, world leaders, etc. correctly. Webster's Unabridged used to have a whole page on that. I'm not sure if it still does.
I would have interpreted that passage to mean avoiding revealing any secular rank they might have. I was guessing that who you salute (or formally greet?) and who you don't salute would make your position in secular society very clear very quickly. Shoes or the condition of bare feet have always been a means of quickly classifying a person's status as well. My husband apparently uses this method, having been taught it by an Italian girlfriend when he was younger. However, the Dake Bible scholars surely researched this passage, and I have not.
Hope you are well.
- Long Range Recon Patrol wolf, Fri Aug 24 17:56Long Range Recon Patrol Thought for the day: “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” Author unknown After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before... more
- Wolfie my man sai ram, Wed Aug 29 13:32right on.....how many times have we all felt as lambs among the wolves?....and it seems we have no shortage of wolves out there either....sai ram
- Respect Mirage, Sun Aug 26 00:26
- Hope you are well also ;-) (nm) Baruch, Sun Aug 26 00:33
- Trying Mirage, Sun Aug 26 00:51It's difficult for me to write these days. Still praying a lot, though. :)
- New year, new relationships ... Baruch, Sun Aug 26 21:55I am presently trying to teach a secular Jew to pray ... that is a real mitzvah I think. Shalom
- Oh wow. Mirage, Mon Aug 27 00:22I am curious, if he is secular, why does he wish to pray?
- Applied psychology ... Baruch, Mon Aug 27 06:57determine the psychological need, determine the treatment, apply the treatment. I am not the doctor, just getting him to self-doctor. He is mostly interested in Maya Indians (he and his wife have... more
- Some links Mirage, Mon Aug 27 08:42Carriers of the Dream Wheel had an immense effect on me when I was a teen and found it in a bookstore that was going out of business. Used copies are affordable. I think my poetry still bears marks... more
- Thanks ;-) (nm) Baruch, Mon Aug 27 18:07
- PS - on a more personal front ... Baruch, Mon Aug 27 07:09My present girl friend (not girlfriend yet), we have a long distant relationship (90 miles). She is of French descent and very interested in French culture. So we are going to make things more... more
- Re: PS - on a more personal front ... Mirage, Mon Aug 27 09:13I had 7 years of French and tutoring by a UN translator who was a friend of my mother's. Unfortunately a lot of it was lost over time and due to brain injuries since then. Sometimes it comes back... more
- I have said did I not ... Baruch, Mon Aug 27 18:01that I stuttered all thru school until I was a Sophomore in HS? Took public speaking class in 9th grade, it helped a lot. If your sister is interested, I can share the URLs I have found for Mayan. I... more
- Good app for practicing. Mirage, Mon Aug 27 15:59I adore this thing. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sayhi-translate-use-your-voice/id437818260?mt=8 There may be an android version, but I don't know. I think I remember you are a Mac person. No Mayan ... more
- “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” Paradigm10, Sat Aug 25 22:35Metaphorically speaking, every Christian is a soldier in God's army. Your military analogy works well for missionary work. The missionary needs support from behind the lines. The current assistant... more
- Re: “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” Mirage, Sun Aug 26 00:49Great story. We used to have a Muslim poster here who belonged to a minority sect, and this apparently put him in danger. He posted once a somewhat similar story of turning neighbors who wanted to... more
- Re: “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” wolf, Sun Aug 26 00:00"Although the priests primary mission was to spread the love of God, he said that at first he spoke very little of God, preferring instead to simply befriend and to help the people" "For if any be a... more
- Build up peace ... Baruch, Sat Aug 25 23:00but to do that, you have to build up community ... but to do that you have to build up family ... but to do that you have to build up livelihood ... but to do that you have to build up character.... more
- Thanks for sharing ;-) Baruch, Fri Aug 24 20:07Automatic fear of strangers, leading to violence, was the barbaric habit of the ancients, and still lives in us today. Shalom