July 19, 2006

Abandoned

Posted in church, family, politics, psychology, scripture, theology at 4:41 am by Jerry

Is abandonment a given? Do we all do it? Which of our abandonments should we put aside for those we want to convince not to abandon us (in one form or another)?

a·ban·don ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-bndn)
tr.v. a·ban·doned, a·ban·don·ing, a·ban·dons

  1. To withdraw one’s support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert: abandon a friend in trouble.
  2. To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat: abandoned the ship.
  3. To surrender one’s claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely. See Synonyms at relinquish.
  4. To cease trying to continue; desist from: abandoned the search for the missing hiker.
  5. To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.
  6. via

Picture two parties feeling abandoned by the other, but for different reasons, different crucial reasons. How would we know which crucial reason trumps the other? And even if a heirarchy of values is understood to recognize who’s reasons get trumped by the other, will the ‘trumped’ party be able to sacrifice or put aside his/her crucial needs for the other party’s greater crucial needs?

I think there are all sorts of abandonment — emotional, physical, mental, volitional. Whether it be among nations, friends, or family, abandonment can always be seen from both sides. Or can it? What about a parent and child? I’m not talking about a teenager here. Maybe parents reading this post could respond to this: How old does a child have to be to be able to abandon his/her parent(s)?

And speaking of children abandoning their parents, and vice-versa, for you Christians and other interested parties…

When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”

– Mark 15:33-34 (NASB)

Could Jesus have abandoned his Heavenly Father in some way? Would his incarnation be considered an abandonment? Or, depending on your theology, did Jesus abandon the Heavenly Father by giving up his imperfection? And, do you think Jesus abandoned anyone among the communities he walked through? Do you, yourself, ever feel Jesus abandoned you even though he sent his Holy Spirit in place of him to comfort us (according to the bible)?

Again, is abandonment a given? Do we all do it? And, which of our abandonments should we put aside for those we want to convince not to abandon us (in one form or another)?

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