You won’t see signs saying, “My tribe is the problem.” God is wants us to build bridges and not walls. God is working to break down the barriers that separate us from one another. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)
God by design made us different, and we don’t just need people who are like us; we desperately need people who are unlike us. The community that God is working to create is not tribal.
Our tribalism communicates, “I don’t respect you because I don’t respect your tribe.” We build walls not bridges. We yell over the wall at one another, but we don’t stop to listen, consider, and learn.
We make unhealthy assumptions that turn potential helpers into enemies while thinking we know best and, because we do, we don’t need “them.”
I am under conviction and conviction is a good thing and should not be resisted. It is God giving eyes to see and opening hearts to receive. Conviction is our heavenly Father drawing us close and keeping us near.
I wish I could say that I always speak the truth in love. I wish I could say that all of my responses didn’t come from a place of anger. I wish I could say that I always responded from love and not wanting to be right, but I can’t!