A scientist recently admitted that his evolution bias had caused him to assume that primitive chimpanzees would behave like animals and never show altruism. That higher human functions would come from further evolution and the refining effects of education. Then, one day, he watched some chimps longer than usual. He saw the usual fighting but also watched as later the tribe gathered around and made sure the two fighters “kissed and made up”. As he observed more closely he saw lots of evidence of positive group interactions. Of course his evolution bias then interpreted this to show that even the highest moral functions in mankind are just part of our upward and onward development and religion and God have nothing to do with it.
I thought about this for a while and saw the flaw in his reasoning;TRIBALISM IS NOT MORAL but it is the ESSENCE AND DRIVING FORCE OF EVIL!
There is plenty of “moral” behavior in people whom Charles Spurgeon called the “decent heathen” but if you look closely it is only towards those we see as PART OF OUR GROUP, or to prove that we and the other members of our group are superior to the other group because we do good works towards them.
In fact most of the great evil in this world comes when we put other people into “not my tribe” groupings and justify using, abusing and lording it over them as a result.
The only place that I see urging us to see ALL men as equal and to value and receive from the wisdom of, and meet the needs of those who are radically different from myself: IS IN JESUS CHRIST who is no respecter of persons. He made them ALL He loves them ALL. He died for ALL of them. He loves their diversity because he caused their diversity. Human beings without Jesus are no better and probably worse than a chimpanzee.
God looks on the inner man but without his help I am always fooled by the outward appearance. “And seeing the multitude, Jesus taught them all. God is not willing that ANY should perish. He wants you and me to look past the gender, age, wrinkles, hight , verbal skills,clothes,religion, language, social habits, hygiene, moods etc, etc, and truly see each and every person and his beloved child for whom he died and whom he loves.
Jesus longs to give me his seeing eyes and has given me a “seeing-eye” Holy Spirit to help. One of the best gifts I can give my spouse, family member, church member, coworker, neighbor and enemy from elsewhere is: to say “I truly see you” I’ve put myself in your skin and see your wisdom and needs and good goals and I love your different abilities and views.
When I am at church and everyone is running around shaking hands, it still bugs me that they shake my hand and are already looking at the next person. I need to stop and truly care about each one and how they are doing, to find out what God has been doing in their lives.
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR TRIBES IN THE LIFE OF OBEDIENCE TO JESUS. I AM ONE TRIBE WITH EACH AND EVERY HUMAN REGARDLESS OF RELIGION OR LACK THEREOF OR AGE OR SEX OR HEIGHT OR INTELLIGENCE OR BEAUTY ETC.