Symbolic Gestures 1000

From the desk of Pastor Dave, Big Sioux Baptist, Flandreau, SD

 

SYMBOLIC GESTURES

 

When a person makes a symbolic gesture, there should be an understanding of the intent of the gesture as it relates to reality. Without that understanding, there is no personal ownership of the intent or the reality. The gesture, therefore, is empty except to those watching who approve of the gesture.

No one can know another’s mind or heart. To a certain extent, we rely on actions. It is true, “Actions speak louder than words.” Many times in the Old Testament prophets stated that people worshipped with actions and words, but their hearts were far from the Lord. The call was for repentance in an effort for hearts to be close to the Lord.

Some today would say the outward actions and words are sufficient, believing the symbolic gestures are of themselves adequate. As mentioned in previous posts, the presence of a wedding ring might or might not mean anything. There must be a reality, whether the symbol exists or not. Continue reading

Symbolic Gestures 500

From the desk of Pastor Dave, Big Sioux Baptist, Flandreau, SD

 

Symbolic Gestures

 

In discussing symbolic gestures, it is important to understand the gesture does not replace the reality. The absence of the gesture has nothing to do with reality. The gesture does represent something, but WHAT is represented is vastly more important than the symbolic gesture.

During the War of 1812, Americans died literally upholding the flag of our country. Their values were important enough they attached high respect to the symbol of our nation. The opposing force could not understand those values, yet their attacking specifically the representation of independence was met by an intense resolve to remain independent. To die for a symbol is heroic to some. To pass along that resolve is even better. Continue reading

Symbolic Gestures 300

From the desk of Pastor Dave, Big Sioux Baptist, Flandreau, SD

 

Symbolic Gestures

 

Gestures may have meaning. Unless a person knows what the significance of the gesture means, there is no way to know the symbolism equated to the gesture. The color of a bandana handkerchief could have an important meaning to some people, but mean nothing to others. This example has had life-threatening consequences.

Generally speaking, symbolic gestures are not a matter of law. They can be, of course. When that happens, enforcement by the government is used to keep the intent of the gesture important to those using or not using the gesture in question. Perhaps the greatest turmoil arises from differing cultures having differing symbolic gestures. When someone fails to recognize the significance attached to a specific gesture in a specific culture, there can be many ways displeasure will be shown to that person. Continue reading

Symbolic Gestures 100

From the desk of Pastor Dave of Big Sioux Baptist, Flandreau, SD

 

SYMBOLIC GESTURES

 

In every culture people have developed symbolic gestures. The gesture then means something within that particular culture. An example would be the act of bowing slightly upon meeting another person. It is generally accepted as showing respect to the other person. Everyday life can be filled with symbolic gestures. In some cultures symbolic gestures are not everyday occurrences due to tremendous pressures just to survive. Because of significance attached to certain gestures, frequency of use may, over time, bring a lesser importance to the symbolism. Are the symbolic gestures you use in your life truly important?