Strike a Pose: Posture, Attitude, and Cultural Implications

Christ struck a pose of matchless compassion on the Cross. That scene has left an indelible impression in our hearts and minds, when he was lifted between heaven and earth, Jesus became the consummate bridge of God to humanity and of humanity, one to another.

“And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself”. John 12:32 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Attitudes determine who we are and how we see each other. Our literal pose/posture can convey our disposition, self-confidence, respect for self and for others etc; the same is true concerning our social pose/posture. Concerning communication, it is not what we say, but is how we say it. It’s a funny thing to hear cliches, such as; some of my best friends are“, “you people”, “but you’re OK because you’re a good one” etc. A certain amount of condescension becomes associated with such statements. Posture has taught us to avoid those kinds of statements.

Ethnically,within a cultural identity, we all display a pose i.e. an attitude. How we view our world is displayed in the attitude that we have toward others, and in how we are individually viewed by others. Though we are individuals, we convey a collective narrative to others outside of our various cultures/ethnic groups. Many times, be it right or wrong, cultural repercussions are based on our actions as a representatives of a group. Conversely we  also suffer repercussions from the actions of others within our group.  Are we our brother’s keeper, or does our individual posture owe responsibility to no one outside of ourselves? Are we part of the cause of negative racial/cultural stereotypes and can we stop them?

Often times, actions culturally reciprocate back to the individual, therefore revealing the ultimate level of self-respect or lack thereof. What pose do we individually strike when the cameras of society begin to click, and those behind the cameras take inventory of our posture. As we observe the interaction between the two, a question begins to develop. Is the pose being directed by society, or is society being directed by the pose?

This question requires careful consideration from Christ’s followers also. Are we being directed by the ebbs and flows of the ever changing cultural, political, economic and ethnic/racial divisions of society; or is our posture “Building the Bridge Together” over the ethnic/cultural divide. Our posture toward one another inter-racially, within and outside of our houses of worship, to society in general cannot be blurred by political division and judgmental attitudes. These attitudes exist in the form of prejudice or mere ignorance of the diversity that exist in the various ethnic expressions in our world. The genuineness of our posture is explained in the often quoted popular book called “The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay“.

“Words communicate what we know; posture represents what we believe and feel. Therefore, posture is the most important part of relationship and communication. Posture shows true emotion and the intent of our heart. When we are trying to figure out why those outside the church aren’t interested in our “good news,” it may have nothing to do with our message.”  

Our posture and our words must be in alignment, if we are to be known by the love that we profess. We must be considerate of our audience, by sharing that love; culturally, multi-ethnically, spiritually, and to humanity as a whole.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

7 Responses to “Strike a Pose: Posture, Attitude, and Cultural Implications”
  1. accord1 says:

    Reblogged this on accord1 and commented:

    I would like to personally extend the most joyous of Christmas Greetings to all! God has been very good to all of us here at Accord1 through this blog. We now have over 500 followers. In 2013 we invite guest bloggers to become part of this Bridge to unity for Christ’s followers and society as a whole.
    We will be presenting Just an Illusion part 2 after the holidays. So for the next couple of weeks we will be posting some very popular re-blogs. We hope that you enjoy.
    Be blessed this Christmas and may all of your dreams come true in this New Year.
    Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

  2. Love these reposts! They serve as reminders of where we’ve gone throughout the year. It is so good to know that this much needed ministry is growing as we are all challenged to examine ourselves in the light of the truth that is shed in these posts. “Do not grow weary in your well doing for you shall reap, if you do not lose heart” in the new year! Merry Christmas and an abundantly prosperous New Year!!!

  3. It has been a blessing to witness all that The Lord is doing through this ministry. The church must no longer tolerate the spirit of racism in this last day. Zero tolerance! We’ve been “sleeping with the enemy” for too long and have been lulled into a spiritual slumber, that has crept in throughout the decades, as the enemy has sown weeds of prejudice and discord among the people of God! Only as we carefully examine our hearts, and repent of this insidious wickedness, will we (the bride of Christ) be enabled to walk worthy of Him (a bride without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing). The Lord’s continued blessings to this labor of love! “Do not grow weary in your well doing, for you shall reap abundantly, if you faint not!!

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