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Humans have been having meals together for eons.
Humans have shared meals with their family daily; People have shared meals to cement friendship; Leaders have shared meals to strengthen ties with allies. We also share meals to commemorate, denote an event or milestone, honor a guest and or to increase fellowship with like-minded people. People have to eat but that activity has taken on much more than a way to ingest nourishment as I ￼pointed out above. Like many social activities of humans these traditions began somewhere and at some time lost in antiquity yet, I believe its greatest importance is achieved during the meals that are shared within family units. One popular television program on CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System): “The Blue Bloods” a series depicting “The Reagan Clan” a family noted for its service to New York City as police and other public servants.
This article is on the importance of families sharing meals in the United States of America where our cultural foundation was made.
In ancient ktimes I suspect the mealtime was an important time of bonding and sharing even when life demanded all people contribute to the family’s survival. Hunters, gatherers, ￼farmers, workers all surely had a time each day devoted to a shared meal. It seems only in our complex, fast paced modern world has the shared mealtime been in danger of being lost. Moms work, dads work and even extra curriculum school activities and sports have eaten in the time once reserved for family mealtime.
Lunch surely is out, breakfast has been relegated to food that is fast to obtain and made ready to eat if not even obtained and eaten on the run. That leaves the evening meal and with the changes in our culture it is becoming rare for the family to gather at the ￼same time each day in order to share at least the last meal of the day.
I have advocated that we make reestablishing the traditional family unit for the sake of a better society before, and this sharing of at least one meal a day is part of that vision.
As a Christian I believe there is evidence in The Bible for promoting family shared meals. It is a time when parents can instruct their children about right and wrong, guide them to health socializing and strengthening the family ties. I hope I will see a resurgence of the importance of the family unit here in these ￼United States of America be for my time on Earth is through.
What does the Bible say about shared meals?
Excerpts from Holy Scripture:
Acts 2:46 ESV
￼And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Revelation 3:20 ESV
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
James 2:15-17 ESV
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Proverbs 25:21 (ESV)
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
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I was taught ignorance of the law is no excuse.
The case of the Texas teen who had become intoxicated and drove his pickup truck in such a way as to kill several people neither was he old enough to drive nor drink alcoholic beverages; yet a defense of ignorance seemed to work well enough for him to escape justice with probation only without jail time. Why would an underage child behave in such an irresponsible way? What did their parents think? How did they react? Perhaps what their defense attorney presented gives us some idea of this child’s home life. Too Young to Carry on Like an Adult
What was behind this miscarriage of justice? When the defense attorney revealed that the defendant was a member of an affluent family that neither corrected his behavior nor instructed him as to what was right or wrong an argument that he deserved leniency was offered. It seems he could not avoid misbehaving because he was not taught how to behave well. I believe there is a lot wrong with this whole situation and not just the lenient sentence.
￼The United States of America I grew up in was not shy to put forth a high standard for the conduct of its citizens – juvenile or adult.
My family used the Ten Commandments as a guide, as did my school, as did my local, State and Federal governments. My church expounded on the finer details and taught how they applied in our modern world. No the society in the past was not perfect. Yet even with its problems it did not seem as troubled as it is today. I think it is more than how the media reports the news.afforded
The entertainment industry very often used plots that illustrated how the standard for our civilization worked. In time a process of easing up on the standard began to have an effect however. Now most movies I consider viewing for enjoyment have some aspect within the story line that makes me cringe. Not just violence; not just explicit (or nearly explicit) sex. It is the ever-increasing use of profanity even uttered by young characters that offends my wife and me.
￼Two World Wars forced humanity to move from Modernism to Post Modernism: Humanity reaped the horrors of war because civilization failed to protect people from wide-spread manifestations of evil.
Thinkers within the sphere of philosophy led the way into relativism, but soon artists, writers and then governments became energized with this liberal way of thinking. It did not take long before every day citizens embraced the new liberal way of life as well. One by one taboos fell. One by one ￼standards slackened. One by one even some offensive aspects of society were displayed unblushingly because of this new-found freedom. It did not seem to matter who was offended as long as free speech and liberal behavior was allowed free rein. Consequences in this mind-set are to be ignored at the worst or minimized at best.
Cultural upheaval was more than “Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’roll” it also invaded government, schools and even some churches.
￼Ordinary people – the everyday family with a stay at home mom and working dad – were bath in a constant din of movements bringing forth some obscure minority view than, insisting on a change in its favor. This new definition of what was good could dominate everything despite the reality that it was only promoted by a few; now the many had to allow the few to define what our civilization would be like instead of the other way around.
I was taught in classes on citizenship that in The U.S.A the majority rule included a safe guard for minority views as the many set our nation’s course. Could a real sociological and cultural Apocalypse be in our future? Perhaps like the dystopia portrayed in ClockworkOrange (movie from 1971)
Today it appears the minorities set our course and the majority view is not safe guarded but rather demonized. Can an old-fashioned view ￼of our culture lead to punishment of people who belong to this majority view? Consequences that offend, weaken and erode the fabric of our nation often seem irrelevant.
Once again I state as a Christian, that the standard for individuals and nations is ￼revealed within The Holy Bible. Instead of seeking out hypocrisy and failings of some people declaring these principles as a failure, we as a nation we should examine all the good that the principles contained in The Holy Bible have provided for humanity. These principles have improved the state of humanity and should be reexamined and in my opinion re-applied to our society and culture.
Excerpts from scripture about consequences for breaking laws:
Colossians 3:25 ESV
For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Romans 13:1 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Proverbs 14:12 ESV
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Proverbs 20:1 ESV
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and / 4 helpful votes whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Matthew 5:37 ESV
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
James 5:12 ESV
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Proverbs 29:15 ESV
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 11:21 ESV
Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.