Are We Guilty Of Tribalism?
There is a certain controversy going on in the denomination my church belongs to. It doesn’t really matter what it is, because I don’t want to address the specific issue. What it all boils down to, though, is this. Certain leaders have signed a document declaring that what some others believe does not square with traditional denominational belief.
In other words, they are saying that a particular group of people are out of step with what the rest of us believe. It’s a bit fascinating to watch, but my question is this:
Isn’t is enough that we have a denomination? Do we have to divide out into smaller tribes within this huge denomination? Do we really have to draw a line that says, “Ok, those of us that believe this way are going to huddle up over here. The rest of you, huddle up over there.”
I don’t think this is limited to denominations either.
You see it in individual churches. You have traditional churches. You have contemporary churches. Within some churches, you have traditional and contemporary services. I even know of one church that has a traditional and contemporary service going on at the same time.
Are we becoming guilty of tribalism? Are we dividing up based on minor differences of belief or preferences, rather than focusing on what unifies us all together?
I know that I have been guilty of this in the past. I may still be guilty of it to a degree. However, my focus of late has been more about what draws me together with my fellow brothers and sister in Christ than what might separate us. I can’t imagine that Jesus is too happy when He looks down at some of the things we do in our churches.
Do you see tribalism going on around you?