"Normalized dysfunction"

Isaiah 63:7-16: For he said, Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely; and he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved his holy spirit...

I just read the review of the memoir of a woman who escaped an abusive and controlling family. The review calls the book “a study of how easily a family can normalize dysfunction.”
Perhaps more frightening is the “normalization of dysfunction” by the society in which we are immersed and formed. Having come to worship the god of self-reliance, we no longer go to the one true God for guidance in our choices and relationships. Our culture--especially its marketers--tell us quite convincingly that we are what we own. And with that dysfunctional assumption, we slip further from our Creator.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of God’s lament that the people “rebelled and grieved his holy spirit,” another example of human beings separating themselves from God. The people had once acknowledged God as sovereign, as savior, recognizing that “It was no messenger or angel but [God’s] presence that saved them. They knew it once, but in their anxiety and hubris they went back to relying on human constructs. How quickly they forgot....
...and how quickly we normalize that dysfunction.

Psalm 132; Matthew 1:18-25 (Commemoration of Joseph, Guardian of our Lord)
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