Tribalism is Ruining Us
As human beings, we have always gravitated toward tribes. Seth Godin defines a tribe as “a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.” Tribes are an important part of our past, because they afforded us with safety, resources, and community. Today, tribalism can be applied to politics (we’re seeing an awful lot of that lately), social issues, race, religion, and even ideas. Tribalism allows for a group of “insiders” – the “WE,” and a group of “outsiders” – the “THEY.” Historically, though tribalism sometimes serves positive purposes, it has also led to awful things like slavery, injustice, persecution, and war.
In Christianity – we have a lot of tribes. Denominations, networks, coalitions, school affiliations, and sometimes even individual churches are capable of becoming “tribes” within God’s great church. These tribes can be positive when they provide much needed community and catalyze us for mission. But tribalism has also done great harm to the Bride & Body of Christ. Tribalism in the church is ruining us. Because of tribalism run amok…
- We often lose sight of the essentials
- We hinder the mission
- We compete rather than collaborate
This is why I’m so pleased to be part of this God honoring work in Croatia and Central Europe. Only .4% of the population claims to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Our in-country leaders estimate there are less than 4000 active, Bible-believing Christians in the entire country of 4 Million people.
The Biblical Institute of Zagreb is successfully working with men and women from every “tribe,” and they are experiencing Kingdom fruit as a result. May we come more and more to mirror that result on this side of the pond!
Thank you for being partners in this important work!