The Scapegoat


I have to admit this. I have high expectations for musicals. And there are of course two things that often leaves one discontent – unrealistic expectations on part of the audience or it was just a really really poor show. So I’ll trick myself sometimes into getting into a certain frame of mind. Where I’ll expect almost nothing and let the performance surprise me.

And it did. The singing and acting were definitely good but that was not stole the show. It was the story. A twist created in a tale we all heard since childhood. That the bad guys (or gals) weren’t all that we made them out to be. And that even those who are deemed pure and good have a dark side to them as well.

It just goes to show that we as a society are a twisted bunch as well. In rallying cry to bring people together, we need to create an enemy. And there are accusers who are quick to point out the antagonists among us. Those that we could blame for our sorry lives and dire circumstances. Someone must take the fall for the problems we face.

And whether it is Elphaba from “Wicked”, The Dark Knight or even (dare I say) Judas from the Bible, our world marks the heroes and villains so that our cause may stand. That there is something to fight for.

But what if we are all fighting from a flawed perspective? What if we just conveniently create scapegoats so that it gives us an excuse to lift up our swords for a meaningless war? What if we are all to blame for the plights we find ourselves in?

“He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.”

Many will be quick to jump to the conclusion that it was that one person who betrayed the Son of Man. The truth?

We have all betrayed Him. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.


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December 29, 2011 · 1:26 am

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