Within the research of sociology, we’re introduced three various views regarding our interactions with the world and people in it. Though elements of all three include some bits of fact, it’s this creator’s opinion that the structural-functionalism perspective is extra according to that held inside the sphere of faith. When discussing our roles on this life, the bible clearly states that there are “diversities of items… variations of administrations… and diversities of operations”. (I Corinthians 12:4-6, King James Model) It’s unlucky, nevertheless, that many individuals are inclined to deal with what others needs to be doing, and never on their very own duty. The issue with Karl Marx’s battle idea is that it focuses solely on one side of a problematic scenario. In his view, all of the wealthy are evil, and all of the poor are good. By his pondering, when you’ve got nothing, it’s as a result of those that are rich are hoarding it from you, and are by any means potential shielding the wealth, and the means to it, from you. Your solely recourse is to insurgent and steal what’s “rightfully yours”: the Robin Hood advanced, so to talk. Whereas this creator would by no means argue that each one the rich have accrued their riches via simply means, he too would by no means recommend that each one the poor are thus, just because they’re being held again by the highly effective. Marx fails to have in mind that most of the wealthy have gotten that means via laborious work and sensible use of their cash, and that most of the poor have additionally entered their state, or remained there, via an irresponsible way of life.

Within the symbolic-interactionist perspective, we’re introduced with the concept that the symbols, or labels, we place on individuals decide how we act towards them. The disadvantage to this idea is that all through the world, totally different peoples and cultures could have contradictory symbols when put next with these from different cultures. Even inside a tradition, these symbols could change in which means over time. This reality stems partly from the truth that we’re taught that there aren’t any absolutes. Thus, we wind up concluding that one thing is true, solely to alter our thoughts about it when in a distinct place, and even time. Biblically talking, proper is true and flawed is flawed, no matter the place or if you end up.

Structural-functionalism is, in response to dictionary.com, “a theoretical orientation that views society as a system of interdependent elements whose capabilities contribute to the steadiness and survival of the system.” (“Functionalism”) By system, it’s meant any variety of organizations which have a number of teams or people, who by necessity, should act and work together in a selected method so that the organism could survive. Using organism right here is in reference to the truth that some sociologists, akin to Auguste Comte, noticed the interactions of individuals in a society working a lot the identical means because the totally different elements of a dwelling organism work collectively. Though sociologist Robert Merton did not view individuals’s roles in society as being synonymous with the interactions of a dwelling being’s organs, he did consider that every being has its personal vital function to play. Those that fail to play their half are not contributing to the capabilities of a society. They’re, fairly, including dysfunctions, which harm the equilibrium of a society. In faith, as in society, members should act in accordance with their assigned or chosen roles whether it is to outlive and perpetuate. In I Corinthians 12, Paul compares the church to the human physique, the place every particular person member of the church has a selected operate. “For because the physique is one, and hath many members, and all of the members of that one physique, being many, are one physique: so is also Christ. For the physique is just not one member, however many. If the foot shall say, As a result of I’m not the hand, I’m not of the physique; is it subsequently not of the physique?” (I Cor. 1:12, 14, & 15)

Karl Marx believed that “society is in a state of perpetual battle resulting from competitors for restricted sources” (“What’s”, 2016). He believed that this battle was the results of the rich and highly effective (the bourgeoisie) hoarding their wealth and oppressing the poor (the proletariat). Marx separated his view of society into three elements: the thesis, the antithesis, and the synthesis. In his mannequin, the thesis was the act of the wealthy controlling the technique of manufacturing and wealth, the antithesis was the laborers rebelling in opposition to the overlords, and the synthesis was the ultimate society fashioned. Nevertheless, this might not be the tip, for as soon as the synthesis had fashioned, it will in flip create one other thesis which might ultimately result in one other antithesis, and so forth. Marx felt that if all conflicts ultimately resolved themselves, then the right society would have been fashioned, as everybody would now be equal. Faith touches upon this battle when the bible discusses the right relationships between these of various stations. Though the bible does point out we’re all equal within the side of our righteousness when it says “… there’s none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:3), it does point out that in our scenario in life we could not essentially be friends with these round us. “However in an amazing home there aren’t solely vessels of gold and of silver, but in addition of wooden and of earth; and a few to honour, and a few to dishonour.” (II Timothy 2:20) What Marx referred to as the antithesis; the bible refers to as riot. We must always be taught to understand the place we’re and what we have now. “… for I’ve discovered, in in anyway state I’m, therewith to be content material.” (Philippians 4:11) That is not to say that God requires us to be perpetually in a state of spoil. If we apply ourselves, it’s potential to dig ourselves out of our unfavorable property. “If a person subsequently purge himself from these (iniquities), he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the grasp’s use, and ready unto each good work” (II Timothy 2:21). What these in energy should additionally understand, the impetus to create a greater society is not simply on the employees; these in cost even have a duty. “Masters, give unto your servants that which is simply and equal… ” (Colossians 4:1).

The symbolic interactionism perspective states that we view these individuals and issues round us based mostly on what symbols we have now hooked up to them. We view individuals in a different way based mostly on whether or not they’re our sister or girlfriend, uncle or father, or some other variety of symbols we have now assigned to these round us. One caveat of this angle is that meanings of symbols will change over time. One instance is marriage and divorce. The which means of marriage has modified from two events uniting in mutual emotions of what they’ll do for one another to “what can the opposite do for me?” Divorce is not appeared down on as an indication of failure, however fairly as an emblem of freedom. In the previous few years the speed of divorce has skyrocketed, splitting households and even associates. In faith, these identical symbols are used; nevertheless, as a result of they’re designated by God, there is no such thing as a allowance for change. “I modify not.” (Malachi 3:6) Within the space of divorce the bible says, “Wherefore they’re no extra twain, however one flesh. What subsequently God hath joined collectively, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)

So when contemplating these three views from the perspective of the bible, which one ought to we think about? When contemplating the symbolic-interactionist perspective, we should take note what the bible says about {our relationships} with others. “… in anyway ye would that males ought to do to you, do ye even so to them… ” (Matthew 7:12) “… an elder, however deal with him as a father; and the youthful males as brethren… ” (I Timothy 5:1) In a direct conflict with the battle idea, we’re commanded biblically to “obey them which have the rule over you… salute them which have the rule over you… ” (Hebrews 13:17 & 24), and “… Concern God. Honour the king. Servants, be topic to your masters with all concern; not solely to the great and delicate, but in addition to the ahead.” (I Peter 2:17) When contemplating the structural-functionalism perspective, it is extremely vital to remember that our most vital concern needs to be to meet our personal tasks. After he had assigned roles to his disciples, and one in all them had confronted him eager to know what one other disciple was going to do, Jesus mentioned to him, “… what’s that to thee? observe thou me.” (John 21:22)


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