Humiliation is used to expose people as outside of the norms of society—norms that benefit power and maintain oppressive systems—and, at its worse, humiliation works to render people who are outside invisible. Humiliation removes their stories from the canon, their images from picture books and school library shelves. Humiliation takes away necessary medical care. Humiliation calls names and abandons people to float in a dingy on the sea with only hope that the sun might yet dawn tomorrow and your small children with you might live to see it. Humiliation makes the prospect of facing each day agonizing. When Jesus says the exalted will be humbled and the humbled will be exalted, he isn’t talking about switching seats at the potluck. He is condemning the humility inflicted on the people God loves in order that power might be maintained.Continue Reading