Passive Men & the sin of Adam

30 03 2007

Hey Guys,

Something that came out of the women’s midrash that we didn’t get to is the this part of the Genesis 3 –

“6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.”

The women’s group wrestled with the reality that, since their hearts are soft, they often can be more easily deceived BUT what does this say about the nature of men?

We have the propensity to be passive.

Many historians, especially Jewish historians, who spent years considering where the “real” blame of the holocaust needs to be, in other words, who could have stopped it but didn’t, they concluded that the real cause of unspeakable evil in the world is not evil people, they will always be with us, but good men who do NOTHING.

They grabbed a hold of Edmund Burke’s statement “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”.

So what about us? What are you planning to do this week? How are you taking these truths and CHANGING yourself first and the world around you? Or are we just going to commit the sin of Adam?

This is the poem on the Holocaust memorial in Boston that illustrates what happens to a society when good men do nothing –

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Jeremy

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