There is a phenomenon that is absolutely fascinating!
I call it the “You are not alone, phenomenon.” The fascinating piece is it acknowledges that we as humans were created to live in community. The word community actually means together in oneness. We can assume that where there is togetherness, there is NO loneliness. But why is it NOT good for man to be alone as God stated in (Genesis 2:18)? What is dangerous or damaging about feeling or being completed isolated on an island with no one to relate to us or commune with?
Well (Eccl 4:9-10) tells us that Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
If we look at movements like the “Me Too” movement what we see clearly at the surface are people courageously sharing their truth. As we dive a little deeper we find something even more meaningful happening. We see that sharing creates a sort of togetherness. We see connection happening via vulnerability. Brene Brown says that, “Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy.” By being vulnerable we acknowledge that we have a need to belong.
We see in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6-10) after Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they experience almost instant shame which results in them isolating themselves from God. How we see God respond is beautiful. He calls out to them trying to quickly restore community between them and Him. As believers in Jesus Christ we always have Him and therefore are never alone. However, we also hopefully have a “tribe” to commune with.
While existing within community is simply being together in oneness, the word tribe carries much more weight. The word tribe means “united by ties of blood.” It means to be “united into a community under a recognized head or chief.” As sisters in Christ we are united and related to one another not by geographical location or similar traumatic experiences but rather instead by the blood of our King, Jesus Christ.
Tribe is a beautiful 2-way street and “good” for a number of things. We need our tribe to help us learn to love and be loved. To teach us how to work through conflicts and forgive. To meet our practical needs… like someone to share pinterest recipes with.
Ladies, I’ve got some great taco recipes if anyone wants them! We need tribe so that we have a place to be vulnerable and be encouraged with the Word of God. So that we have someone to pray for and sisters to pray for us. We need them to learn and teach how to become a true disciple of Jesus. Christian tribe offers us a very healthy symbiotic life where we can both give and take in a way that honors our Abba Father and helps us grow closer in relationship with Him and others. A place to be vulnerable while also being held accountable. This is for our good.
May you embrace the tribe we have here and join us in whatever way you feel led.
Love and Light,
Audrey May Prosper