Over the last year we have seen a major turn in the way our society functions. We have seen people isolated from each other and dying without family by their side. We have seen a hardening of the divide between the political left and right. It almost appears that there are forces at play that are there to divide us. In Mark 3:25 it tells us that, “. . . if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
So how do we, as Christians, move through these times? The first answer is a complete reliance on what God is telling us to do.
My second answer is community. We know scripture says, a house divided cannot stand, but it also says if one can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30). Additionally, when two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst (Matthew 18:20).
So, what is a community? Let’s go back and look at this historically. The oldest communities started as families. These families then joined with other families and became tribes. Tribes grow and split and eventually, we have large communities, or cities. So, at the most basic level what I am saying is that we have to return to family and tribes.
The globalists have been trying to push us to the idea that, as a world, we are all one people. The problem with this is that when you get over a certain number of people, you start to lose any sense of accountability and belonging. So, for the one-people idea to work, we must accept everyone (all behavior), and suppress our own, in order to get along. This will never work. It is not human nature.
So, a return to community is a return to family and tribes. What is a tribe? A tribe is a group of people with a shared belief system and a common goal or purpose.
How do we go about building a tribe? The answer for me is in the definition. First define your purpose. Second define your beliefs. Here is why. If you join with people who have a different purpose, you will be constantly working against each other. If you think that your purpose is to hide and not let anyone know you exist, and the rest of your tribe thinks you should be vocal, then things probably aren’t going to work out.
As Christians, our purpose must come from our relationship with God. Having a common belief system is also very important. One of the good things about a tribe is that it holds us accountable to others. Your belief system will provide the boundaries of acceptable behavior: how we treat each other and how we treat those outside of the tribe. It is essentially the laws of your tribe. As Christians our belief system is based on the word of God. All decisions we make as a tribe must be passed through the scripture.
So, where do we start? Once you have found your purpose and your beliefs, start with your family. The scripture says that a man who provides not for his own is worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5:8). Find the people in your family who claim to share common beliefs, and share your purpose with them. Your family will be more likely to listen to you than a stranger.
As a Christian, I would branch out into your church. Look for believers who share a common purpose. This is where you move from just a family into a tribe. In order to do this, you will have to take a lot of risks emotionally now . . . and probably physically in the not-too-distant future.
Your family may not hear you. You may not find anyone in your church. Stay the course. Transparency is the key. The scripture says if you deny me before men, I will deny you before God (Matthew 10:33). Most importantly, don’t get discouraged. This will not always be a smooth process and there will be ups, downs, and even at times betrayals.
At Sanctuary Family Farms we believe in the unfailing unquestionable word of God. We believe that the scripture says that Christians will be persecuted for this word, and we believe that God has called us to build and support other Christian tribes during this time. If there is anything we can do to help your family or tribe, please let us know. We would also be happy to consult with you on building your own tribe. Please send us questions, and we will answer them anonymously in next week’s blog.