There are certain words that we use that are words of ignorance.  Often cussing or swear words are put into that category but so are some common use words that effect and impact us because they are words of ignorance.
There are probably many but there is one in particular I want to address, garbage.  It is French in origin and has a number of jobs and reputations that go with the word; none of them are complimentary.
In common usage all those uncomplimentary terms come into full impact when someone is called garbage.  Because the word represents so many negative concepts it can be a devastating label for someone to receive. Words of ignorance like that need to be corrected and eliminated from our use and concepts.
Why “garbage” is a word of ignorance. What we commonly refer to as “garbage” is all re-useable somewhere in some way.  Having filled a few garbage cans in my life and walked past thousands more it is true that everything we toss could be reused somewhere for something.  The expression, “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold,” is too true.
We lack the recognition and time to see the somewhere and someway and connect the two.  In reality they should be called ignorance or lazy cans instead.  It may be our own problem or a combination of societal problems and our self’s that fill “garbage cans” regularly.  Changing our societal views on garbage will take some time and there are movements (i.e., environmental) that are taking that task on.
A greater area of need, and one that doesn’t always have a champion, are the people who get a garbage label.  Someone was ignorant when the label was given and it still takes the ability to recognize the value and time to help that person find their somewhere and some way for life.
Jesus had a knack for that and people knew it and it bothered them
Matthew 9:10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. [11] When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and `sinners’?”  [12] On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. [13] But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
He recognized them for what they really were, lost, and in need of a savior and he took the time to let them know that someone had labeled them incorrectly and that what they had become could be cured.  It bothers people when they don’t want to recognize or take the time and they just want the easy route of dealing with people; toss them aside into the garbage can of life.
Then they can get on to things that they think are more important.  That kind of lifestyle misses all the real treasures in life and leaves people with a lot of trinkets at the end of this journey with nothing of real value.  Jesus challenged that trivial pursuit that so many were immersed in.
His disciples were challenged as they made the shift in the way they thought and spent their lives.
Matthew 19:13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. [14] Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” [15] When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
They were going somewhere to do something and the kids were only getting in the way.  Jesus had to show them the real priority; children.
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. [36] Simon and his companions went to look for him, [37] and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” [38] Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
If you are going to be important you need to build your following, but Jesus had people with names and labels he needed to go see and free.
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  Matthew 10:2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; [3] Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; [4] Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
A Jewish tax collector was about as low as you could get, you were cultural garbage on par with the prostitutes.  When Matthew wrote his Gospel account he used the label one more time to remind others of what Jesus had done and who he had done it for.
The challenge then rolls over for us as modern day disciples, followers of Christ.  Who has our culture tossed into the garbage heap?  We still toss kids there (child porn, foster care, prostitution) but a tax man can be a respectable profession.  Often addicts, criminals, and dead beats make it to our lists.
We don’t recognize what we see nor have or want to take the time as Jesus did to help find their cure.  Other things have gotten in the way; other priorities have been exchanged for the ones that Jesus had to keep putting in front of the people of his day.  Alas it is the same today.
Matthew 22:34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. [35] One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: [36] “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  [37] Jesus replied: “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. [39] And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [40] All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Anything else is suspect.
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