Here i am in Spain and this afternoon have been surrounded by thousands of England football fans wearing their England colours celebrating their nations victory.
It started me thinking about Tribalism
Whose side is God on?
I have just read a really old book that I bought in a charity shop, it was published in 1929 written by Mackintosh Mackay called "The Goodly fellowship of the Prophets" thats not a typing error I do mean Goodly!
It's about the minor prophets and he makes some lovely comments in his chapter on Amos he says "God's sovereignty of the nations is universal and it is impartial. He is not a tribal deity, favouring one and punishing another. He is the judge of all the earth, and as such will do right and only right" he continues.." There is to much of this tribal theory of God prevelant still. We saw it in the Great war when every nation tried to assure itself that God was on its side. As one said it would have been more to the point if they had asked themselves whether they were on the side of God." and then he says " we see it too in the belief that because God has blessed a country with material advantages for many years, He has a peculiar affection for that country and will never cast it off. Does history in anyway support such a tribal theory of God? Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Jerusalem, Greece, Rome - where are they? They have all passed away."
Strangly this made me think of America and the world system it propogates.......