Society as a whole has become one of oppression and a victim mentality. Consistently finding ourselves as victims to someone else’s actions, thoughts, morals, and so on. This has become such an issue within our nation that it is literally ripping families apart, ruining businesses, and attempting to “cancel” our history.
This victimization of one’s self is an acquired trait or taught behavior in which a person identifies as a victim to seek persecution in order to gain attention from others. This is happening all around us. There are many in the world that are claiming to be oppressed and a victim of the actions from others, that have not actually happened or were results of a ‘bad day’ and ‘bad mood’ NOT of oppression. However, they continue to claim these oppressions even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence of the claimed circumstance.
Please note: (I do recognize that there are hateful, evil people out there who are causing harm and truly are attempting to oppress someone. I am in NO WAY taking away from the seriousness or damage caused by those whom have TRULY experienced one of these horrific acts.)
So what does this cause?
The oppressed individual blames those around them, often times the ones they love, for feeling a particular way. The victimhood mentality or oppression mentality has a need for recognition, a desire for someone to affirm their victimhood or oppression. To the point that if you do not affirm this oppression, that does not exist, then instantly you become the oppressor.
This ideology has made it to the point that even government authorities have pushed for this oppressor verse oppressed societal groups. Using movement ‘groups’ to create division and violence among us all– in the name of trying to create equality.
I could speculate and give my educated ideas on why this is, but for the sake of this article, I will not.
Let’s take a look at what oppression means…
unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power
something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power
a sense of being weighed down in body or mind
In order to truly understand the above definition we must follow a short “rabbit hole” and define what is ‘just’ to understand what is considered unjust.
the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments
conformity to truth, fact, or reason
Now we must go a little further and explore the definition of what is just.
having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason
conforming to a standard of correctness
acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good
You see to be considered unjust the action has to be based on something that is NOT truth, fact, or morally upright or good.
Where do these standards come from?
If you trace our history all the way back to the beginning it all starts with God.
The Bible, also known as God’s divine Word, is where the original moral guidelines came from. This is where our laws, constitution, and so on all originated from. Laws against murder, theft, and violence, for example, were all formed around what God tells us is just and morally good.
Just as we have standard rules and morals most of us teach our children, for example, we teach our children to be kind to others, do not lie, do not cheat, and so on. All these principles come from the Bible and God’s direct instruction to mankind.
However, our culture today is so far removed from God that these very standards of living are being eliminated and it is becoming a free for all for sin. Society is attempting to justify sin and it is truly heartbreaking.
As a whole, society has successfully deceived so many into believing they are victims of oppression by another person, when in reality, they are a victim of oppression because of sin. (We all are– oppression is sin holding you down and back, keeping you separated from God.)
I want to encourage each person who is feeling oppressed by someone or something to truly examine your life. Is what you are feeling oppressed about a sin in the eyes of God? Likely the answer is yes, and at that point we need to take our desires and struggles to the feet of the Lord and ask for His help and deliverance from the oppression, so we may be able to live a happy and fulfilling life– in relationship with Jesus Christ.
Don’t allow society to keep you bound by the chains of oppression. You are designed for so much more and God has great plans for each one of us.
Press in to God and cast your cares, worries, fears, hurt, anger upon Him and He will help you.